Ward, “Coach” Carl K

CARL KENNETH WARD, 91, of Kenova, W.Va., uncle to Beth Willis and Cristy Franklin, passed away peacefully at his home on the evening December 9, 2020. He was born June 13, 1929 in Happy Holler, W.Va., son to the late Frank and Mabel Ward. After his service with the U.S. Army in the Korean War, Carl came back to finish his bachelor’s in teaching at Marshall University. He went on to contribute to the Ceredo-Kenova community immensely. Eventually garnering the most championships by a single coach in West Virginia history, Carl’s real contribution was his ability to bring the community together and help the younger generations succeed in every facet of life. C.K. High School’s Football Field was eventually named after both Carl and his best friend and assistant coach, Dale Craycraft. Carl was an avid church member at First Baptist Church of Kenova. He is preceded by his sister Wanda Ward Franklin, and his great nephews Seth and Corey Willis. He is survived by his nieces Beth Willis and Cristy Franklin as well as his great niece Meredith Ashlee Willis. Due to COVID restrictions the family held a private ceremony December, 17. A public celebration of life will be held on Ward-Craycraft Field on Carl’s birthday June 13, 2021.

2 Replies to “Ward, “Coach” Carl K”

  1. I loved Coach Ward not only as the best coach ever but as a man !!! Coach Ward, Coach Craycraft, Coach Scragg I respect those three men they gave it all !! They are three good men

  2. Thank you Coach Ward, for instilling in me the love of football. I was blessed to have cheered for 3 of your 10 state championship teams, and the memories will forever be “Wonderful”! Our community has lost a great man….

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