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“You are all still in our prayers as one year has passed. God bless you. ”
1 of 85 | Posted by: Chris and Gator Stanton

“Alan and I cannot express our deepest sympathies for the loss of your son. Please know you and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers! ”
2 of 85 | Posted by: Alan & Tammy Embry - Lumberton, TX

“I Em so sorry for your loss I em was hert broken I was in tears mrs ward I will be in your class this coming school year Can't wat ”
3 of 85 | Posted by: Brad hill - Ashdown, AR

“To Mr. & Ms. Ward I will always remember Dugan great guy from Grade school to High school ”
4 of 85 | Posted by: Eugene Dixon - Vernon, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Dugan but after reading thr obituary he was an amazing young man. God bless the family and I know he is...Read More »
5 of 85 | Posted by: Joy Kelso - Greenbrier, AR

“i watched this young man grow up. remember his mom teaching and his wonderful family. they are all great people and he will missed forever ”
6 of 85 | Posted by: angela schuetz tyree - newport, TN

“My heart feels your pain. I know how you feel. I lost my son in Iraq at the age of 32. I ache for what you are going through and I want you to...Read More »
7 of 85 | Posted by: Chris Stanton - Ashdown, AR

“May God hold you close to Him as you grieve for your son, brother, husband, Dugan. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 85 | Posted by: Barbara McDowell - Scottsdale, AZ

“Dee Dee, Steve, Katie, Will and family- what a wonderful young man your son became. We know you must be very proud of him. We are so very sorry for...Read More »
9 of 85 | Posted by: Carol Lindsey - Cumming, GA

“I remember Daddy and I watched Dugan and Tyler play baseball for years. He always had a very special place in Daddy's heart. Paul and I pray that God...Read More »
10 of 85 | Posted by: Paul and Jean Ann Jefferies - AR

“My heart goes out to this wonderful family. I am so very sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 85 | Posted by: Jenna Guidry - Greenbrier, AR

“My greatest apologies for Dugan's passing. I met him years ago at a 4 wheeler ride years ago and we hung out that entire weekend after we met. We...Read More »
12 of 85 | Posted by: Cash Sparks - Redwater, TX

“All of you are in my heart and prayers. God please wrap your arms around this family and give them the comfort and love that only you can. ”
13 of 85 | Posted by: Dana Murray Burris - Ashdown, AR

“im so sorry for your families loss i dont know yall but my heart goes out to yall may he rest in peace ”
14 of 85 | Posted by: Heather Moss - horatio, AR - none

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless all of you. ”
15 of 85 | Posted by: Joe and Brenda Cornelius - AR

“Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each. That we still are. Call me...Read More »
16 of 85 | Posted by: Tammie Hood and of course Ricky Hood - AR

“So very sorry for your loss. Words are never enough but you have our prayers. ”
17 of 85 | Posted by: Kim & Dale Horn - Foreman

“Katie, DeeDee, Steve, and Will, words fail me. I pray for you all to find peace and understanding through the days to come. I saw this on Facebook...Read More »
18 of 85 | Posted by: Lori Parault - New Orleans, LA

“So sorry for the loss you are suffering. May The Lord Jesus give you comfort, strength & healing as you walk through these days. Our prayers are with...Read More »
19 of 85 | Posted by: Bobby & Lisa Lewis - Texarkana, AR

“My heart is heavy with grief knowing the pain this family is going through. Cousin DeeDee is one of the nicest, most genuine people God ever put on...Read More »
20 of 85 | Posted by: Jeremiah Rabon - Bryant, AR

“May the Prince of Peace bring comfort to your heart. Your family will be in my prayers. ”
21 of 85 | Posted by: Pamela Neal-Hord - Plainfield, IL

“My heart is breaking for the family of this wonderful young man. May God bring you peace in the coming days, and may you feel His love in the...Read More »
22 of 85 | Posted by: Jan Prather Smithson - AR

“Prayer for Dugans family and friends, as well as the church in Ashdown. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort and strengthen you all!. ”
23 of 85 | Posted by: Narobi Williams - Dallas, TX

“Dugan is looking down and so proud how this community has supported and expressed love for him and his family these past days. He will always be...Read More »
24 of 85 | Posted by: Gary,Cindy, and Blake Powell - AR

“My prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends. May God give you peace that surpasses all understanding. ”
25 of 85 | Posted by: Tracy Howard - Texarkana, TX

“My prayers and touts are with the family and friends. May God give you peace that surpasses all understanding. ”
26 of 85 | Posted by: Tracy Howard - Texarkana, TX

“Thoughts and prayers be with you all ”
27 of 85 | Posted by: Jacob Baker - ashdown, AR

“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Dugan. We do understand how hard it is to lose a child. Condolences to this Christian family. Highland Church...Read More »
28 of 85 | Posted by: Scott, Carmen, and KaLeigh Richardson - AR

“Katie our thoughts are with you and his family. ”
29 of 85 | Posted by: Beaux carol treaux - Texarkana, TX

“Steve, Dee Dee, Will, and Katie, I have many memories of my self at Dugan riding trikes and fighting over the the little red car on the back of Big...Read More »
30 of 85 | Posted by: Elizabeth Tankersley - Texarkana, AR

“Words can not express the sorrow and pain we feel for the loss of your son, Dugan.With our deepestsympathy, JoAnn & Pappy Hawthorne ”
31 of 85 | Posted by: JoAnn Hawthorne - Ashdown, AR

“Always so enjoyed Dugan coming to our house with Cody. He was such a joy to be around and always made us happy. His smile and good nature will be...Read More »
32 of 85 | Posted by: Carlton and Dorothy Free - AR

“My heart is broken as I try to write what my heart feels. I have been praying so much for all of you throughout the difficult days of waiting and...Read More »
33 of 85 | Posted by: Vicki Jester Matthews - Ashdown, AR

“It was an honor to have met Dugan... I will always remember him. ”
34 of 85 | Posted by: Coby & Christina Cook - Texarkana, TX

“Worked with Dugan at Ups. He was a hard worker. Had lot of good times with him. He was a hard worker and stand up guy. My God give you guys comfort...Read More »
35 of 85 | Posted by: Mike lemley - Fouke, AR

“We are so sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy to work with and will be greatly missed ”
36 of 85 | Posted by: Brent and Elizabeth Lusk - TX

“I'm so sorry for you loss . Dougan was a great person who came from a great family I know we will be missed by so many. My thoughts and Prayers are...Read More »
37 of 85 | Posted by: Katt Hornaday - Ashdown, AR

“Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
38 of 85 | Posted by: Becky Wine - Texarkana, TX

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and continued prayers are with you all. ”
39 of 85 | Posted by: Mark & Shannon Newton - Ashdown, AR

“I know nothing of a loss this personal, but it is still hitting me like a train and I can only imagine how painful it must be for everyone that was...Read More »
40 of 85 | Posted by: Matthew Weed - Marcellus, NY

“May the Lord comfort you and give you strength during this horrible time. Praying for you all. ”
41 of 85 | Posted by: Kaye (Roberts) Warnick - AR

“So very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
42 of 85 | Posted by: Brady Baker

“I'm so sorry for your families loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your loved ones & friends. May God be with you at this...Read More »
43 of 85 | Posted by: Janie Murrieta - Casa Grande, AZ

“My prayer is for comfort thru God's word for this fine Christian family. You will remain in the prayers of the Falcon Church if Christ. ”
44 of 85 | Posted by: Linda Fore - Buckner, AR

“Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. ”
45 of 85 | Posted by: Brady, Kristy, Drew & Alex Day - AR

“Our hearts are broken for your loss, but rejoicing for Heaven's gain. May the love of our Heavenly Father comfort and sustain you all. Please know...Read More »
46 of 85 | Posted by: Steve and Sharon mitchell - TX

“Dee Dee I'm so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers ”
47 of 85 | Posted by: Denise Weeks - Waco, TX

“Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time. ”
48 of 85 | Posted by: Brenda Carmack - Ashdown, AR

“Praying for the entire Ward family. I never seen him without a smile...Dugan will always be remembered and greatly missed. With Love, Alondria Scott ”
49 of 85 | Posted by: Alondria Scott - Texarkana, TX

“My deepest sympathy to your beautiful family. ”
50 of 85 | Posted by: Cody - Ashdown, AR

“Many a blue and app took their last bite when they found your lines. Many a batter fanned at the smoke coming off big #12. Give Mem big hug for us....Read More »
51 of 85 | Posted by: Dale, Kayla, Brody, Ty, Hadley, Addison and Avery Davis - AR

“Our hearts are just weeping with sadness and pray that all of the Ward and Davis family keep their strength & faith through this time of loss. We...Read More »
52 of 85 | Posted by: Melea, Larry, Kelea, Chance, Mary Ann Buster

“A beautiful tribute! Dugan you will be missed by so many. You have touched so many lives in your short time here on earth. We will miss you! ”
53 of 85 | Posted by: Tina Garrison - Ashdown, AR

“Dugan we loved you so much. Our memories at the park are everlasting. I pray for your family I know they have a part of them that will never heal....Read More »
54 of 85 | Posted by: Sandra Patterson - Ashdown, AR

“Dugan was a very polite and mannerly young man. My deepest sympathy to his family and many friends. Love, Vanessa ”
55 of 85 | Posted by: Vanessa Walker - Ashdown, AR

“Katie, Diane and Rob, we are so sorry to realize that Dugan was your husband and son-in-law and that this has occurred. Our deepest sympathy. ”
56 of 85 | Posted by: Ric and Becky Seale - San Antonio, TX

“Mrs Ward, I am sorry for your lost. I remember when Dugan was born. You were one of my favorite teacher and I remember how happy and proud of him you...Read More »
57 of 85 | Posted by: Melinda (Koco) Head - Allen, TX

“My heart breaks for this sweet family. Dugan was full of life and never hesitated to live it to the fullest. It is a life gone too soon, but God has...Read More »
58 of 85 | Posted by: April Cobb

“Great Guy!!!! He'll be missed by many. Prayers for all his family and friends and whomever knew this great man!!!!! ”
59 of 85 | Posted by: N. Bearden - Foreman, AR

“Until the fish stop biting.... we will think of you. My heart goes out to his large group of family and friends. Dana King ”
60 of 85 | Posted by: Dana King - Texarkana, TX

“My thoughts, prayers and love are with Dugan's family at this time. I pray that God holds them tight allowing them to feel his comfort and love as...Read More »
61 of 85 | Posted by: Brenda Carmack - Ashdown, AR

“You all are in my thoughts and prayers! ”
62 of 85 | Posted by: Tina Parker - Baton Rouge, LA

“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. May God's peace surround you during this time. Prayers for you and your family. ”
63 of 85 | Posted by: Don and Krystal Norwood - Fouke, AR

“Sending my condolences to the Ward family, and I will keep you lifted up in prayer. I thank God for opportunity of meeting Dugan when he was in...Read More »
64 of 85 | Posted by: Shenice Latson and LaJuan Latson - TX

“Tammy and I lost our daughter so we know your pain and heartache. Pray you find comfort in some way. ”
65 of 85 | Posted by: Paul and Tammy Willson - Haughton, LA

“I've been away from Ashdown for a while so I did not know Dugan, only his family. The beautiful words describe an amazing young man. I am so very...Read More »
66 of 85 | Posted by: Kristi Bowman Barnes - TX

“My deepest sympathy to his wife and the parents and brother. I cannot imagine such a tragedy. May you feel the love of God and friends and family,...Read More »
67 of 85 | Posted by: Darren Cummings - Texarkana, AR

“We are praying for comfort and peace ”
68 of 85 | Posted by: Joe & Lois Merrell - pine bluff, AR

“Dee and Steve, My heart and prayers are with you. May the Lord watch over you two and Katie with His hand on your shoulder through this so sad and...Read More »
69 of 85 | Posted by: Barbara (Prather) Lyerly - AR

70 of 85 | Posted by: VICKIE BARNHILL - GILLHAM, AR

“I know words are not much comfort to all of you but I hope the prayers being said for you will help you now and in the days to come ”
71 of 85 | Posted by: Sarah Horn - Texarkana, TX

“May God wrap his loving arms around everyone during this difficult time. Praying for Dugan's family and friends. ”
72 of 85 | Posted by: Ricky Royal, Edna and Ashlee Haywood

“Our thoughts and prayers are with y'all.. God Bless ”
73 of 85 | Posted by: Debbie Jewell Grimes - Taylor, AR

“So sorry for your loss .What a beautiful tribute to Dugan ”
74 of 85 | Posted by: Sandra Cook - Ashdown, AR

“Thinking of your family at this time. ”
75 of 85 | Posted by: Mike Stanton - Saratoga, AR

“I will always be thankful that I had Dugan in athletics for the time I did. I will always remember that he was the one that was called on for the...Read More »
76 of 85 | Posted by: David Wilson - Ashdown, AR

“I did not personally know Dugan; My nephew Hunter Cox worked, hunted and fished with Dugan and thought he was the best. However my prayers for Katie,...Read More »
77 of 85 | Posted by: robert love - Texarkana, TX

“Deepest Sympathy for Dugan's family and closest friends. We lost one of our own but he shall always live in the hearts of all those that loved him....Read More »
78 of 85 | Posted by: Rhonda Rhodes - Ashdown, AR

“Praying for his family.. ”
79 of 85 | Posted by: Justin Reed - Ashdown, AR

“Steve, Dee Dee, Katie, I never knew Dugan but I do know he was blessed with a great family and awesome parents! I am sorry for your loss and my...Read More »
80 of 85 | Posted by: Shane Fleming - Ashdown, AR

“So sorry for the loss of your precious son. I know that God will give you, Steve and his wife Katie the strength to get through this. Hold on to...Read More »
81 of 85 | Posted by: Jerry & Lisa Ward Smith - AR

“Dugan has always been one of the sweetest people we ever met. Whenever Patrick would bring him to the house, Dugan would always be smiling and making...Read More »
82 of 85 | Posted by: Bart and Ginger Lee - Ashdown, AR

“We did not personally know Dugan; however our heart breaks for Katie, Dee Dee, Steve, Will, and the rest of his family. You are in our thoughts and...Read More »
83 of 85 | Posted by: JoniDennis Terrell - Ashdown, AR

“So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
84 of 85 | Posted by: Billy and Angie Stevenson

“Thinking of you all and praying for Dugan's family. Prayers that you find him are already answered, God will carry you now.ove to you all. Gail ”
85 of 85 | Posted by: Gail davis - Hot Springs, Ar, AR

Dugan Davis Ward

Dugan Davis Ward, 28, of Ogden, AR passed away on June 7, 2015 on family land due to flooding caused by the Red River. He was born September 2, 1986 in Texarkana, TX to Steve and Dee Dee Ward. Dugan was a member of the Ashdown Church of Christ, and a 2005 graduate of Ashdown High School.

Dugan was known to all for his strength, athleticism and laugh. His grin was infectious. Family and friends enjoyed spending time with him because of his love of life, which he lived to the fullest. Dugan grew up in the Richmond and Ogden communities of southwest Arkansas, along with his brother Will, where they followed in the footsteps of their parents by playing sports, hunting, fishing, riding the bottoms, and most of all spending time together on the Red River. One of Dugan and Will's favorite past times was riding four-wheelers wearing out many sets of tires.

As soon as he could hold a bat and ball, Dugan began playing baseball and continued throughout his early 20's. He started playing organized baseball at the age of five in the Ashdown City Park summer baseball program. He continued into high school where he was a member of the Ashdown High School Panther baseball team for four years. Continuing the family tradition of proudly wearing the #12 jersey, Dugan was a three-year letterman. He was a member of Panther baseball teams that went to the state tournament during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. In 2003 when the new city baseball field was inaugurated, Dugan threw out the first pitch in front of a capacity crowd and went on to toss a four-hitter striking out nine batters to lead his team to a victory. During his high school career, he received multiple honors and awards including All-District and All-Region in 2004; and in 2005, he became the first player to receive the Bubba Adams Outstanding Athlete award. After high school, Dugan continued his baseball career as a pitcher for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions. Later he played in the Minor Leagues for the Bay Area Toros in League City, TX and the Texarkana Gunslingers.

In addition to being a great athlete, Dugan was an avid sports fan. He loved the Arkansas Razorbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals and spent many hours attending games making memories with family and friends. On weekends, Dugan enjoyed playing volleyball and watching the Pittsburg Steelers.

When most people think of Dugan, they picture him as an outdoorsman. Dugan spent countless hours hunting, fishing and riding on the Red River. As proof, he had many deer mounts and was so proud of the fish he caught that he displayed many, many "fish heads" on his Mom and Dad's fence along Highway 32 in Ashdown.

The Ward family has a long history of working the land and growing a garden. Dugan grew up first playing in the garden and later working alongside his Mamaw, Papaw, Uncle Davey, and parents. One of the first things Dugan always did as soon as he came home from college or playing ball was to go weed the family garden. His passion for gardening continued when he moved to Ogden where he and his cousin, Mett Cobb, worked a garden. They provided food such as peas, corn, tomatoes, squash and peppers to all their friends, family and neighbors in Ogden and Richmond. They also canned and gave away items like tomato juice, sauerkraut, and peas to people everywhere. One of Dugan's greatest joys was to help people in any way possible.

When he decided his baseball career was finished, Dugan came back to Ashdown and began working for UPS in Texarkana where he made many friends. Later he became employed at Cooper Tire in the tire room where he developed many more friendships. While working at Cooper Tire, Dugan became a member of the United Steelworkers Local 1327. At both places, he was known for being an excellent employee and one of the hardest working guys a company could want.

Christmas 2011 was a special time for Dugan because he met the love of his life, Katie Goza. They were introduced at a party by mutual friends and were "smitten" with each other right away. Dugan introduced Katie to his family and friends throughout the Christmas and New Year's season of 2012. When Katie introduced Dugan to her father, he immediately named him "Bighun". Dugan was blessed to find a beautiful woman who loved the outdoors and the river as much as he did. On June 15, 2013, Dugan and Katie were married and became inseparable. They truly were a "match made-in-heaven", where leather met lace.

Dugan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Ollie Belle Davis; Dave and Virginia Ward; and an uncle David Michael Ward. Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Katie Ward; his loving parents, Steve and Dee Dee Ward; his beloved brother, Will Ward; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rob and Diane Goza; Katie's grandparents, William L. and Bobbie Goza; his uncle Chuck Davis and wife Joan; his aunt, Deana Davis Akins and husband Mike; his first-cousins, Chas Davis, Joshua Ward, Tyler Davis, Collin Ward Holderfield, Andrea Akins Tipton, Michael Akins and Drew Akins; two special aunts, Sandy Davis and Nita Ward; many friends and a large extended family that he loved so much.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 8, from 6-8 at the Ashdown Church of Christ. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m. at the Ashdown Church of Christ with David Formby officiating. Burial will follow at the Ashdown Cemetery. Pallbearers are Cody Lockeby, Colin Lockeby, Caden Lockeby, Nick Starks, Marcus Pullen, and Blake Fowler. Honorary pallbearers are Chas Davis, Tyler Davis, Michael Akins, Drew Akins, Joshua Ward, and Chad Russell. "CBCS". Arrangements are under the direction of Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR,

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to, the Dugan Ward fund at Mil-way Credit