Joseph Ecton Ward Sr.

joseph ward

January 2, 1953 ~ July 2, 2023

Born in: Buncombe, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Joseph Ecton Ward, Sr., 70, of Asheville, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2023 at Stonecreek Health and Rehabilitation.

A native of Buncombe Co., Joseph was a son of the late John H. Ward, Sr. and Leila Mae Livengood Ward.

Surviving is his wife, Debra Morton Ward; daughter, Lisa Ward Humphries (Tommy); son, Joseph Ecton Ward, Jr. (Michelle); grandchildren, Tristan Ward, Alyson Humphries and Trey Humphries; great-grandchildren, Mia Parham and Carter Parham; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 at Smith Cemetery, with Pastor Louis Gibson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at Groce Funeral Home, Patton Avenue.


Visitation: July 6, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Graveside Service: July 6, 2023 2:00 pm

Smith Graveyard Cemetery
Smith Graveyard Road
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Joe was in my 1972 graduating class at Erwin. But I knew him better from my time working with him at Hyman Young Greenhouses, and my time at the Asheville Mall, where he worked security. Joe liked to talk and we had many conversations about a variety of topics. Often they would concern his health issues. He would always soldier through nd keep going. I hadn’t seen him in 7 years or so. My condolences go out to Debra, Lisa, Joe Jr., and the rest of his family. Take some comfort in knowing that he won’t have to deal with any pain or ailments anymore.

  2. Debbie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I love you, if you need me, you know where I am at.

  3. Daddy, I love you so very much you will be so missed. Keep a lookout over us. Until we meet again, Love you Lisa and Tommy

  4. Not even sure where to start. Joe, my brother-in-law… Has been a part of our family since before I could remember. He would do ANYTHING for me I needed. He taught me how to drive (that green Ford Grenada 😝)… When I was an older teenager and in college, if I didn’t have a car at that time or didn’t want to drive it because of snow or ice, he would always pick me up take me where I needed to go and be there waiting for me at the end of the day. The spring and summer before I got married I was working a regular job, but also needed extra money because John and I were paying for our own wedding. Joe let me help with his lawn service in the evenings by weed eating and paid me so that I had extra money to put towards that. Never told him how much I appreciated that but I was able to share with him a lot in his last days. He’ll be missed. And to my sister, Debbie, niece Lisa and nephew Joey…. I’m praying that you’ll find peace. You know I love you all and I’ll do anything to help out.

  5. In memory of Mr. Ward.

    He put up with us as kids and took us fishing and hunting. He was funny, caring and above all just a really good person. He raised a fine family with strong work ethic. My condolences to his son Joey and Mrs. Ward and the family. Truly good people, good family and a great man. Rest in peace Mr. Ward. Thank you for the Goodtimes.

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