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Obituary: James Bernard Ward, 83

Lifelong Leesburg resident was born just as the Great Depression hit.

Mr. James Bernard Ward, 83, of Leesburg, VA, passed away at his home Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

James was born Thursday, Nov. 7, 1929, in Leesburg, VA [about a week after the Black Tuesday stock market crash that led to the Great Depression]. He was a son of Steve and Sara Bell Ward. His parents, his brother Charles Ward and his sister Albert Cravens predeceased him.

Referred to by his friends and family as Luke, Mr. Ward lived all his life in Leesburg. He attended Loudoun County Schools, and served his country in the U.S. Army as a corporal.

Luke worked for Administrative Control Services in Reston, VA, as a clerk until retiring. After retiring, Luke worked for several local families to help with housekeeping.

He leaves to cherish his memory, three nieces: Thelma Dodson of Sterling, Lynn Paige of Purcellville and Annette Nickens of Leesburg; and numerous great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate James’ life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Providence Baptist Church. Interment services are planned Jan. 25 at Mt. Zion Community Cemetery in Leesburg, VA.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.loudounfuneralchapel.com.

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