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Longtime community leader Glen Ward dies


By Chris Edwards

GROVETON – The passing of Glen Ward on Sunday, January 29, at the age of 86, brought an end to an era in Groveton's storied history. Ward, a longtime leader in the community, was a man who represented many things to many different people. To say that he wore many hats throughout his long life would be as much an understatement as a cliché. Friends and family describe the lifelong Trinity County resident as a leader with a jovial, good-natured spirit and an unquenchable thirst to serve his community. Mayor Byron Richards, with whom Ward served for many years, as a city council member, called Ward "a real asset to this town." Mayor Richards noted all of the organizations and acts of benevolence Ward was a part of as being things that made him such an asset. "He tried to hold people up; he held them up to the Lord," Mayor Richards said. Known to many in Groveton as "Governor," due to his leadership skills, intelligence and kindness, Ward was the first black member of the Groveton City Council, where he served from 1972 until recently, when he suffered a massive stroke in early December last year. Throughout his service to the City of Groveton, he served as Mayor Pro-Tem for several years. Along with his willingness to help wherever and whenever he could, Ward was known for his sense of humor and good cheer. "He was quite a character," Mayor Richards said. Ward also encouraged those with whom he came into contact. His step daughter- in-law Kathy Bennett Foster posted a remembrance on Facebook that stated how "Daddy Ward" was always one to "share, lift me up, make me laugh, and tell me how proud he was of me." During his long and productive life, Ward worked a variety of jobs, including First Bank and Cartwright Funeral Home. He was retired from Texas Foundries after 38 years of employment there as a supervisor in the steel department. Along with his service to the city on the council, Ward was a member of Baldwin Chapel Baptist Church his entire life. At his church, he served over the years in a variety of positions, including Chairman of the Deacon Board and choir president. Services for Ward were held on Saturday at Baldwin Chapel. He was interred in Parker's Ridge Cemetery. He leaves behind a large family, including his wife Prinzola, nine children, and 31 grandchildren, among others.


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