James David Ward, 62, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Family and friends will gather to celebrate James on Monday, November 20, 2023, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers from 6pm to 8pm, and the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 21, at 2pm at Lake Ridge Chapel. A burial will follow at Resthaven Funeral Home & Memorial Park.
James was born on June 17, 1961, in Lubbock, Texas where he grew up and graduated from Monterey High school. He worked in law enforcement for 36 years with the Texas Tech Police Department, Cochran County, and with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office until his retirement in 2022.
Survivors include his wife, Patti Ward; his 3 children, his son Daniel James McMinn, his two daughters, Alyssa Kaylene Granger and Alisha LeeAnn McMinn; two sons-in-law, Brett Kyler Granger and Quintin Russell Vest; 2 stepsons, Scott Smith and Gabe Smith with their 2 wives Jennifer and Cleo Smith; 7 grandkids; Jaden Bellar, Brynlee Granger, Cooper Vest, Madalyn vest, Ashleigh Smith, Skyler Smith, and Josh Smith; his 5 siblings, Rose Marie Thrailkill, Jonathan Lancaster, Debbie McCarver, Carolyn Neel, and Jackie Lancaster. He was loved by all and will be missed greatly.