Ralph Jay Ward, 62, of Jacksonville passed away December 5, 2020 at Community Hospice at Baptist Medical Center after a battle with cancer. He was born in Troy, NC and made his home in Jacksonville. He was a machinist and retired from Malnove Packaging and Packaging Solutions earlier this year. He was lovingly known as Jay or Jaybird by his family and friends. He was an avid Florida Gator fan, loved the mud bogs, going to the jetties and spending time with his friends and family . Jay is preceded in death by his mother Betty Glisson, his sister Deborah McDonald and brother Charles Glisson. He is survived by his daughter Glenda Gray of Jacksonville and 5 grandchildren, his father Ralph Ward of Ellerbe, NC, step-father Larry Glisson of Starke, Florida , his twin brother Johnny Ward (Liz) of Aberdeen, NC, brother Roger Ward of Lexington, Kentucky, sister Cindy Russell (Brett) of Keystone Heights, Florida, sister Melinda Grady of Calabash, NC, and sister Regina Ward of Ellerbe, NC. A memorial service will be held Saturday December 19 at 11:00 am at Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Rd., Jacksonville.
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