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Ervin Isiah (Zay) Ward

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Friday, October 4, 1940 - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mr. Ervin Isiah (Zay) Ward of Dothan passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at his home. He was 73.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 26, in the chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home with his sons-in-law, Rev. David Grier officiating and Scott Long delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow at New Hope Assembly of God Church Cemetery in Graceville, FL with Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory of Slocomb directing.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Hodgesville VFD, 5245 Hodgesville Road, Dothan, AL 36301. 

Mr. Ward was born October 4, 1940 in Hartford to the late James Ervin Ward and Sybil Miller Strickland. Ervin was a member of the Civitan, having served as AL Civitan Governor. He enjoyed antiques and was a member of Mount Enon Baptist Church.


In addition to his parents his step-mother, Alma Hunter and three brothers: Lex Strickland, Rex Strickland and James Earl Kirkland all preceded him in death.


Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Syretha Condrey Ward, Dothan; daughter, Susan Long, her husband, Scott and their children Ashley, Victoria, Scarlett and Melanie all of Maylene, AL; daughter, Daphne Grier, her husband David and their children Abigial and Faith Grier all of Dothan;  a very special niece, Rachelle Hines and her son Jacob; siblings: Stevie Ward (Carol), Geneva, Winford Strickland (Lucille), Geneva, Angus Strickland (Ginger), Geneva, Walter Strickland, Geneva, Vernon Strickland, Dothan, Barbara Erb, Dothan, Marilyn Taylor, Atlanta, GA, Mary Farmer, Hartford and Loyce Savelle, Headland; sister-in-law, Helen Strickland, Tallahassee, FL, several nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.





Funeral Service

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014



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Chris Mixon

May God's Peace that passeth all understanding and Comfort be yours during this difficult time for your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Barbara Bowdoin Williams

My family and I extend to your family our sincere sympathy. Zay and I were classmates in Geneva Class of 1962 and we were great friends. He was the most loyal, sweet, dependable, and generous guy pal any high school girl could want or need. Although we have not seen much of each other, I know from seeing Syretha and Zay together his family received all those wonderful gifts of his and he was a proud and happy man.

He will be missed.

Barbara Bowdoin Williams
Judy Wooten Lsnder

My deepest sympathies to Zay's family. He was a classmate of mine at Geneva High School for a short time and is remembered as being a very sweet man with a wonderful sense of humor. I am truly sorry for your lose.

Judy Wooten Lander
Don McAliley

So sad to lose a friend.
Johnny Brannon

So sorry to read of Zay's passing. Prayers for his family and brothers and sisters.

glenn strickland

I was sad to hear uncle Zay passed away. I'm soory i couldn't make it to the service. He will be missed. It was always enjoyable to see him and listen to his jokes. He was always full of joy and humor. I will miss him. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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