Gene Ray Ward, 72, of Heavener died Thursday, April 10, in Heavener.
Gene was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Bates, Ark., to Clyde and Edna (Dedmon) Ward.
Gene was a graduate of Waldron High School and attended Arkansas Tech University. He was a cattleman and was in the livestock auction business since 1962. He was an owner of Poor Boy Livestock Auction for almost 30 years from 1980-2009. Gene was saved and baptized at Bates, Ark., and attended the First Baptist Church of Heavener.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn; three daughters and sons-in-law, Shelby Frost and Jack of Wister, Skyla Duncan and Hugh of Heavener, Jackie Ryals and Glyn of Tahlequah; four sons and daughters-in law, Shannon Ward and Sarah of Heavener, Shawn Ward and Jodi of Poteau, Geno Blackwell and Tina of Heavener, Bud Vinson and Jacki of Wilburton; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;Â numerous friends and other relatives. Gene was blessed with numerous ranchers and business associates over the years that he considered family.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, at First Baptist Church with Brothers Sam Dyer, Bud Vinson and the Rev. LeRoy Billy officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.
Pallbearers will be Phil Hatridge, Eugene Dedmon, Junior Statham, Jimmy Booth, Don Craig, Hicks Hoffman, Kenneth Neville and Danny Goldsborough
Honarary pallbearers will be his â€śgrandsons,â€ť Glen Ray Frost, Darrin Frost, Justin Frost, Eddie Gene Blackwell, Noah Ward, Ladd Vinson, Chris Duncan, Dusty Ryals, Chance Ryals, Cody Ryals and Ward Vinson.Â
Viewing will be 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the funeral home.Â
The family asks that consideration is given to donating to the building fund at the Heavener First Baptist Church or to Gideonâ€™s International in Geneâ€™s memory.
Gene stipulated that everyone please â€śCome as you are.â€ť
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