Brent Ward, 54, of Leachville, passed from this life, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Born at Jonesboro, Brent lived in Leachville until his family moved to Jefferson City, Mo., in 1972. He graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1976 where he excelled in basketball. Brent attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and owned and operated the "Off the Wall" comedy club in Springfield. He was later employed by various auto dealerships in the Springfield and Jefferson City areas. He returned to Leachville in 2008 to manage the family farm.
Brent was preceded in death by his grandparents, Grason and Eula Mae Ward and Byron Billingsley, and a very special aunt, Linda Jean Billingsley.
He is survived by two sons, Samuel Grason Ward and wife, Karolina of Ft. Lewis, Wash., and Eli Cass-Ward of Springfield, Mo., two daughters, Caroline Kate Ward of Kansas City, Mo., and Elizabeth Grace Ward of Jefferson City, Mo. Brent also leaves his parents, Norman and Fern Billingsley Ward of Jefferson City, Mo., his grandmother, Talmadge Billingsley of Jonesboro, and his granddaughter, Alexis Timmons.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 8, at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville. The family will receive friends from noon until service time at the funeral home.
Friends may sign the online guest register at www.howardfuneralservice.com.