“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my
mother’s womb...” Psalms 139:13
Mrs. Willie Mae (Holloway) Ward, daughter of the late Charlie Ed
Holloway and Fannie Mae Holloway Lowden, was born in Albany,
Georgia on November 13, 1933. She graduated from Holly Hill High
School in Sylvester, Georgia.
Shortly after high school, Willie Mae met and married Ocie Ward Jr.
The couple was blessed with four children: Wilma, Steven “Steve”,
Dannie and Kimberly “Kim”. Her husband, Ocie Ward Jr., and daughter
Wilma Jean Ward preceded her in death.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Willie Mae accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age and
dedicated her life to him until her last breath. Throughout her life she
was very active in her home church, New Salem Baptist Church, where
she served in various roles until she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to be
closer to her children. After relocating to Atlanta, Willie Mae
continued her devotion to the Lord, often praying for family, friends,
and their loved ones, and witnessing about the love of Jesus Christ and
salvation through him.
“Let everything that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
Willie Mae wholeheartedly embodied this scripture through the
kindness she showed towards so many people throughout her
lifetime. Her memory of love will continue on through her sons and
daughter, Steve Ward (Bernice), Dannie Ward (Cathy) and Kim Mbaye
(Leye); an honorary son, Roland Watts; two sisters, Hattie Warren and
Joe Ann Lowden (Brenda); three grandchildren, Lavonda Dowling,
Chantal Stepney and Matthew Mbaye; sister-in-law, Wynell Thomas;
four great grandchildren, Mia Sanders, Tecumseh Sanders, Janiya
Dowling and Kamiya Dowling; nieces and nephews, a host of friends,
loved ones, and beloved caregivers, Anne Wright, Agnes Walker and