Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. 

1111 Harkrider St.
Conway, Arkansas 72032
(501) 358-6300

Barbara Lou Ward
1944 ~ 2019

Date of Death: February 10, 2019

In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Ward family. Barbara's earthly temple is now resting in the care of Veasley Funeral Home. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall their be anymore pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Mother Barbara Lou Ward.


Derrick Veasley ~ Director

Henry Veasley ~ Director

Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain

Mrs. Barbara Lou Ward (Anderson) was born in Pulaski County, Arkansas on September 30, 1944 to the late Theodore Williams and Annie Anderson. Mother Ward went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 10, 2019 surrounded by her family. Mother Ward accepted Christ at an early age at Gospel Temple Baptist Church. She was a faithful servant to her beloved Greater Macedonia Baptist Church over the past 25 years where she served on many ministries. Growing up in East End, Little Rock, she began her early education at Carver Elementary and graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1962. On February 19, 1962, Mother Ward met the love of her life,   Elijah Ward, and during their 57 year union, they were blessed with 4 beautiful daughters. 

Mother Ward was devoted to her family and friends and passionate about caring for others. She was the type of person that didn’t wait to be asked, she offered support where she saw a need and made a difference in the lives of many. She supported the Outreach Ministries, volunteered with St Vincent Hospital and taught her family the importance of servant leadership through her example. As a result of her inspiration, her grandchildren founded the Walk in Greatness non-profit to honor her teaching and continue her legacy of giving. After an 18 year career at the Pulaski County Sheriff Office, she retired in 2012 as the Finance Clerk.

Mother Ward was full of life, when she entered the room she had a presence and spirit that was contagious. She would take the time to greet everyone with compassion and a little humor. She never met a stranger because she made everyone feel important. Her words were always warming to your heart and soul.  She always said the things she wanted you to know and sometimes the things you didn’t want to hear.  Her love was tough, unconditional and consistent.  She enjoyed shopping, reading, solving crossword puzzles, watching the ID Channel and spoiling her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings Wilma Taylor, Robert Howard, Wesley Anderson and grandson Shaurun Joshua.

Mother Ward leaves to cherish her loving memories are her loving husband, Elijah Ward; siblings, Edna Abraham of Los Angeles, California, Theodore Williams, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois; daughters, Javonda Scruggs of Little Rock, Arkansas, Rhenda (Lee) Berry of Hensley, Arkansas, Valary (Cleo) Nellum of Cabot, Arkansas, Trayce (Wendell) Parker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ramier Jones of Arkansas; sons, Nicky Ward of Fort Myers, Florida, Antonio Strong of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mother Ward leaves 7 grandchildren, Elmantony, Diondra, Korrie, Porsha, Reginald II, Xavier, and Kaylah; 7 great grandchildren, TreVeyon, Reginald III, Kyleigh, Aniyah, Elijah James, Kyirah Lou, Ezekiel and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and beloved friends.

She lived, she loved, she served, she laughed, she taught and she fought a good fight and finished her race.  Mother Ward will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.


Homegoing Celebration of life service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:00am at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 600 E 24th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206. Pastor Cleo Nellum, Sr., Officiating

Family and friends visitation will be held Friday, February 15, 2019, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, Little Rock.

Committal service and final resting place will be held at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.