Sammye Ruth Ward


Graveside services for Sammye Ruth Ward, 76, were Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm in Pine Crest Cemetery, Dekalb, MS. Ms. Ward, a native of Kemper County, passed quietly in her sleep Wednesday morning, September 3, 2020. She was born on July 11, 1944 in Meridian, Mississippi and grew up in DeKalb, Mississippi, where her parents owned the local café and upholstery shop.

Ms. Ward is preceded in death by her parents, Herschell Waddell and Lannie Flora Creekmore Waddell, and ex-husband Charles Dean “Butch” Ward.  She is survived by her brother, Ted Waddell (Daphne); three children, Teresa Ward Stephens (Mark), Lisa Ward Coursey (Tim) and Chuck Ward (Becky); seven grandchildren, Jacob Richardson, Cody Ward, Amanda Robbins, Samantha Coursey Raynor, Cassandra Ward, Nicholas Ward and Victoria Coursey.  She also is leaving behind three great-grandsons and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

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