Joel Marion Ward
He was sheriff of Winston County, born in March of 1847 and died on September 22, 1919. They lived in Haleyville and were parents of five children. His father, Anderson Ward, was one of the men who helped raid the jail in Jasper and free some Winston County people rounded up by the Home Guard, during the Civil War. He helped burn that jail, after helping the prisoners escape.
From The Haleyville Advertiser-Journal, September 25, 1919
Submitted by Robin Sterling
Death Claims Mr. J.M. Ward. One of Haleyville’s Oldest Residents Passes Away. Tuesday morning, about 4 o’clock, Mr. J.M. Ward, one of Haleyville’s oldest and most highly respected citizens, was summoned by death into the great beyond. Mr. Ward has been ill for only a short while, and his death was unexpected and a shock to the residents of the city when it was learned that he had passed away. He was seventy-three years old at the time of his death and is survived by five children, two daughters, Mrs. Mollie Carer(?) and Mrs. W.C. Mayhall, both of Haleyville, and three sons, Messrs. Bud, Marion and Dave Ward. The remains wee carried to Sardis cemetery Wednesday morning for interment at that place, near Lynn, Ala. Mr. Ward at one time was sheriff of this county, and had many friends in Haleyville and throughout Winston County. The Journal extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives.