Native of Columbus, MS and resides in West Point and Columbus, Mississippi
Wife Karen- retired Social Worker/Adoptions with Miss Dept Of Human Services
Daughter Sarah Hoffman, son-in-law Aaron and grandchildren Harper and Sykes live in Alexandria, VA
Son: Bailey lives in Gulfport, MS
Dog: Lillie a "Llewellin" English Setter
Education and Professional
BA in Educationl Ole Miss 1972 (attended MSU during summers)
Juris Dr. Ole Miss 1974
Completed Education for Ministry Program, University of the South (Sewanee), School of Theology.
Retired Clay County Prosecuting Attorney
The Tombigbee River Steamboats, The History Press, 2010.
Columbus Chronicles, The History Press, 2012.
A Guide to the Use of 19th Century Court Records, (Digital) Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus Lowndes County Public Library, 2009.
By the Flow of the Inland River, A History of Columbus, Mississippi To 1825, With Sam Kaye and Carolyn Kaye, Snapping Turtle Press, 1992.
After Removal, The Choctaw in Mississippi, Wells and Tubby Editors, University Press of Mississippi, 1986
A Very Remarkable Bluff, Harry L Sherman editor, MUW Plymouth Bluff Center, 2007.
English Earthenwares Associated with Early 19th Century Choctaw Sites, Mississippi Archaeology Vol 18(1),1983
19th Century Choctaw Indian Reservation Sites in Lowndes County, Mississippi, Mississippi Archaeology 19(2), 1984
The Tombigbee Crossing of the De Soto Expedition, Mississippi Archaeology 21(2), 1986
Reconstructing the Topography of Protohistoric Aboriginal Sites, Mississippi Archaeology 22(2), 1987
Shell-Edge Decorated Ceramics, Mississippi Archaeology 32(1),1997
Magazine and newspaper:
Columnist for Columbus Commercial Dispatch (circulation 14,500) 2010 to present with over 475 columns published on local and regional history.
Author of numerous articles on regional history for other newspapers and magazines 1984 to present.
Lecture on Tombigbee River steamboats for Mississippi State University's Distinguished Lecture Series in 2010.
Lecturer for Mississippi University for Women's Life Enrichment Program, 2010 - 2018
Lecturer for EMCC's LION (Learning in Our Neighborhood) Program, 2019.
Since 1980 many presentations have been made on Southern history and culture to groups ranging from area schools and universities to civic organizations in Mississippi and Alabama.
In 1994 and 2010 received The Calvin Brown Award from the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists " in recognition of service by an amateur archaeologist in aid of historic preservation in the State of Mississippi"
In 1997 received a Resolution of Commendation from the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives & History for "contributions and commitment to the preservation and interpretation of Mississippi History."
The restoration of "Ole Homestead" my ca. 1825 home in Columbus received the 2014 Trudy Allen Award for residential restoration in Mississippi from the Mississippi Heritage Trust.
The Ole Homestead has been designated a Mississippi Landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Honorary Commander 43rd Flying Training Squadron, Columbus Air force Base
In 2009 about Southern History by Michael Feldman on National Public Radio's "Whad 'ya Know" program.
A feature on the history of Memorial Day appeared in the May 27, 2012, New York Times and included an interview with and photo of Ward.
Other interviews have appeared in Southern Living and many regional magazines and newspapers.
Also frequently interviewed by area television stations on Southern History.
Chairman of the Billups-Garth Foundation, Columbus, Mississippi
Chairman, Board of Directors of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum
Board of Directors Northeast Mississippi Red Cross Chapter, Tupelo, Mississippi
Board of Directors of the Regional Foundation for Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities
Board of Directors of Prairie Belt Blues Foundation, West Point, MS
Licensed diocesan lay reader, Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
Board of Managers Gray Center Episcopal Camp and Conference Center, Way, Mississippi
Represented Mississippi for maximum term 9 years on the Board of Advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served as Board Secretary for the Southern Region of the United States.
Former Board of Directors of Magowah Gun & Country Club
Former state alumni president Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Former secretary of the Mississippi de Soto Trail Commission.
Former board member of Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District
Served 5 terms on Board of Directors of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association and former president of the Clay County Bar Association