Gainesville in Hall County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Henry O. Ward
The youngest son of H. Bryce Ward and Sadie Bell Braselton Ward of Braselton, he spent his childhood in Gainesville where he attended the city schools and graduated Gainesville High in 1944. He attended Presbyterian College on a football scholarship. He returned to his beloved home to own and operate Ward’s Funeral Home with his brother for thirty-five years.
Ward, a legendary storyteller and historian, had a great love for the community and its people. Elected Coroner for Hall County for twenty-four years, he was also elected to the Gainesville City Commission (1963-72). During his term as Mayor, he hosted President Lyndon B. Johnson on this site where more than 50,000 people attended. He was elected Chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners in 1979 and served through 1984.
A lifetime member and officer of the Gainesville First United Methodist Church, a member and director of the Kiwanis Club and avid supporter of Gainesville High athletics, he also
Coupling his love for people and the storied history of the community, Ward utilized his knowledge to benefit all who called upon him in business, government or family matters.
Sustaining his memorable legacy and acclaimed service to his beloved community, the Gainesville City Council named “Henry Ward Way” on August 15, 2006. The street connects the seats of the city and county governments.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Education • Roads & Vehicles • Science & Medicine • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1944.
Location. 34° 17.9′ N, 83° 49.467′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Georgia, in Hall County. Marker is on Henry Ward Way, 0 miles north of Jesse Jewell Parkway SW (Georgia Route 369), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville GA 30501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt.-Gen. James Longstreet (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lyman Hall (about 300 feet away); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 - 1902 (about 500 feet away); Federal Building (about 700 feet away); The Historic Jackson BuildingU.D.C. Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Private Mint / Templeton Reid Mint (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,098 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.