William Matthews (Matt) Ward, age 82, of Chester passed away on November 17, 2021.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Haywood and Irene Ward and his sister, Alice Rutledge.  Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Barbara Flowers Ward; daughter, Shelly Pignona (Scott Adams); son, Brian Ward (Ann); granddaughters, Chelsey Pignona and Skylar Ward; sisters, Eunice Carwile (Jimmy), Marian Goin (Wayne), Ruby Harris, Linda Michael, and Betty Popecki (Joe); brothers, Clyde Ward (Joyce), Haywood Ward (Barbara), and Richard Ward (Betty) as well as numerous other family members.

Matt served his country with 27 years of service in the United States Marines and the Army National Guard.  After his military career in the United States Marines, he spent 30 years of dedicated service with Reynolds Metals Company in the Chester area.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  He also enjoyed playing the Virginia Lottery and would make several trips daily to the local 7-11 store to purchase his scratch tickets.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at the Chapel at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, Virginia (10300 Pridesville Road).   In lieu of flowers, please donate to a favorite charity of your choice.  The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home is serving the family.


Condolence Messages

  1. Shane Severt

    20 November 2021 1 year ago

    My condolences goes out to everyone in the family. Mr Ward was always great to be around with his jokes and great conversation. You’re a family’s incredible loss is heaven’s great gain.

  2. Chelsea Solis-Shepperson

    21 November 2021 1 year ago

    My condolences go out to Mrs Ward and the rest of the family. He was a very pleasant person and a wonderful neighbor. May he Rest In Peace

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