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Odis Leslie Ward

Odis Leslie Ward, 96, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed away Friday, January 1, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Butler, Tenn., to the late Dewey Ward and Gypsy Ward.
Odis retired from the Navy and served in the WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. After retiring from the military he was a teletype installer/repairman. He was an avid fisherman and a bee keeper.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Marvin Ward and Clarence Ward.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 48 years, Margaret Owings Ward, of the home; five children, Barbara Gardner of Johnson City, Edward Ward and wife Pam of Blue Ridge, Va., Sandra Summers, Cindy Foley and husband Lee and Pam Ward, all of Elizabethton; two step-children, Sheryl Shepherd of Jonesborough and Brent Ritchie and wife Sharon of Johnson City; and a sister, Jewel Dean McCloud of Butler, Tenn. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date. It was Mr. Ward’s request that no flowers be sent, but donations be made to the Butler Museum, 123 Selma Curtis Road, Butler, TN 37640 or to a veteran’s association of your choice that directly serves veterans. Our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. Please understand we will be following the State’s COVID guidelines. We also ask all guests and family members attending calling hours and services to please bring and wear a mask. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is honored to serve the Ward family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information Line: (423) 543-4917.