James Carson Ward

January 29, 1936 ~ August 28, 2021 (age 85)


James Carson Ward died at home Saturday, August 28, 2021, after a short illness.  James, better known as Scoot by his family and friends, was born in Louisville, Mississippi, on January 29, 1936, to Otha and Hilda Ward.  James, the oldest of ten children, was a graduate of Louisville High School, and he proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.  In 1958, he married Carolyn Holdiness, also of Louisville, Mississippi.  James was a welder by trade, and he retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis, Tennessee.

James was an avid reader, and he also loved history.  He was a caring and loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather.

James is survived by his wife, Carolyn, son David, daughter-in-law Kathy, granddaughter Rebecca, and grandson, Matthew; sisters Gloria Joiner, Martha Nabors, Mary Sanders, Nancy (Billy) Quinn, and Tina Ward; his brother Richard (Iza) Ward, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otha and Hilda Ward, sister Edith Ann Kagel, sister Rebecca Burgess, and brother Charles Ward.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at Chapel Hill Independent Methodist Church located at 134 CR 944, Glen, MS 38846.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for James Ward may be given to the Chapel Hill Independent Methodist Church’s Building Fund. Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka, MS is entrusted with the arrangements. You may leave online condolences to the family at

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