Larry Ward of Cherokee, N.C., passed away April 11, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucetta Ward; his parents, Charles and Bessie Messer; biological mother, Dorothy Ball; biological father, L.C. Ward; one brother, Dewayne Ball.

Larry is survived by two sons, Toby Ward of Florida, Joe Ward of Cherokee; three sisters, Debbie Nunn and Angie Harris of Sylva and Jenny Boggs of South Carolina; two brothers, Bobby Ball of Brevard and Jody Ward of Sylva; seven grandchildren, one being his namesake, his “Little Buddy” Gabriel Larry Ward.

The family has planned a celebration of life for Larry May 4, 2019, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Barkers Creek Community Building.

Donations may be made in Larry’s memory to: American Heart Association.

Western Carolina Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family.