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Christopher Duane Ward

March 20, 1965 ~ August 27, 2023 (age 58) 58 Years Old


CHRISTOPHER DUANE WARD, age 58 of Clanton, passed away on August 27, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Chilton County on March 20, 1965; the son of Clarence Ward and Susie R. Williams.

Chris began his career in fire service as a volunteer at Union Grove Volunteer Fire Department. He would go on to have a 28-year career with the Pelham Fire Department where he retired in 2013 as Captain. Chris also served as an instructor with the Alabama Fire College. He was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church where he served as a deacon as well as on several church committees. He was also a member of the Faith Riders motorcycle ministry. He enjoyed traveling and fishing in his spare time and in his retirement.

He is survived by: Wife, Dawn Ward of Clanton; Daughter, Ashley Ward of Jemison; Mother, Susie R. (Jim) Williams of Clanton; Father, Clarence (Sharon) Ward of Clanton; Sister, Layle W. (Brian) Vinzant of Clanton; Stepson, Deric (Courtney) Elder of Opelika; Stepson, Chad (Mandy) Elder of Cragford; Stepson, Brett (Kortney) Elder of Jacksons Gap; Granddaughters: Aubrie Underwood, Ryleigh Underwood, Kamreigh Smitherman, and Enzly Elder; and Grandsons: Lane Elder, Ryder Elder, Reed Elder, and Kashton Elder.

He is preceded in death by: Maternal Grandparents, Euell and Gurtys Robinson; Paternal Grandparents, Clarence Emile and Eloise Burch Ward; Cousin, Randy Cole; Cousin, James Billingsley; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 from 6-8pm at Mineral Springs Baptist Church located at 8316 Co. Rd. 51 Clanton, AL 35046.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 11:00am from Mineral Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Green officiating.

Burial with firefighter honors will follow in the Mineral Springs Baptist Cemetery in Clanton, AL.

Final care and arrangements entrusted to the Ellison Memorial Funeral Home of Clanton, AL.

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August 30, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mineral Springs Baptist Church
8316 County Road 51
Clanton, AL 35046

Funeral Service
August 31, 2023

11:00 AM
Mineral Springs Baptist Church
8316 County Road 51
Clanton, AL 35046

Interment following funeral service
August 31, 2023

Mineral Springs Baptist Cemetery
8316 County Road 51
Clanton, AL 35046


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