Norris Edmond Ward was born July 12, 1944, to Henry Caleb and Clara Rosanna (Hutchison) Ward in Brighton, Tennessee. He was welcomed into heaven on August 15, 2019, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. On June 2, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Annie Claire Dixon of Covington, Tennessee. Ann remained his unwavering and faithful bride for fifty-six years. Together they had five children. Darla Gay Ward preceded Norris in death at the age of seven. Remaining are Todd Dixon Ward and wife Lisa of Terre Haute, Indiana; Paul Edmond Ward of Atlanta, Georgia; Jonathan Andrew Ward and wife Crystal of Cleveland, Tennessee; and Norris Caleb Ward of Thomasville, Georgia.
Norris is survived by five grandchildren: Kelsey Ruth and husband Wes Key and Keaton Andrew and wife Alexandra Ann Ward (Todd), Marianna Leigh Ward (Paul), Emma Faith Ward and Nathan Edmond Ward (Jonathan).
Norris was also delighted to have three great-grandchildren: Ember and Elliot (Kelsey), and Oakley (Keaton).
He is survived by two brothers - Zane Ward and wife Cindy, and Donald Ward and wife Pat - both of Brighton, Tennessee. Siblings preceding him in death are Cleta Shelton and Allen Ward.
Shortly after their marriage began, Norris came to faith at Bible Baptist Church in Memphis. He settled all doubts of his secure salvation in Christ Jesus at Highland Park Baptist Church of Chattanooga.
Upon graduating from Tennessee Temple University in 1969, Norris and Ann entered the ministry pastoring new and distressed churches. He pioneered church works in Alaska, Idaho, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
After his physical ability to serve as a pastor had diminished, Norris spent his later years traveling to young church plants to assist and encourage church leaders.
Norris and Ann made their final earthly home together in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. They are members of Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Tony Ayers.
The viewing will be observed on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Atoka beginning at 9:30 AM, followed by service at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at the Helen Crigger Cemetery in Munford.
Norris desired that in lieu of flowers, gifts be presented to Independent Baptist Church of Anchorage, 1801 E 68th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99507, which will continue to oversee the ministry care of his wife of 56 years.