Blanche Belle Ward of Mountain City, Tenn., passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at the Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 97.
She was a lifelong resident of Johnson County, the daughter of the late John and Mattie Courtner.
Blanche was a member of Liberty Christian Church and a former employee of Blue Ridge Shoe Company.
In addition to her parents, Blanche was preceded in death by her husband Wade Ward; three sisters; two brothers; and two nephews.
She is survived by her brother, James Courtner and wife Mary of Hudson; two daughters, Mary Miller of Mountain City, Tenn., and Carolyn Hemming of Jefferson; a son, Eddie Ward and wife Wanda of Jonesborough, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was conducted Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, from the Mountain City Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Denton Hart and Steven Spencer officiating. The family received friends prior to the service.
Graveside service and interment followed in the Brown Cemetery (behind Pine Grove Baptist Church). Grandsons and family served as pallbearers.
The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the caregivers of Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center, Caris Hospice and Dr. James Shine and staff for the loving care provided to Blanche.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials in Blanche’s memory be made to the Johnson County Emergency Rescue Squad, 203 Vandilla St., Mountain City, TN 37683.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mountaincityfh.com
The family of Blanche Belle Ward has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 South Church St., Mountain City, TN 37683.