Ward, Michael Todd (Cleveland)

Monday, September 14, 2020
Michael Todd Ward
Michael Todd Ward

Michael Todd Ward, 55, of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Erlanger Hospital. 

He was a 1983 graduate of Cleveland High School and also a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Environmental Biology.  A 35 year employee of Cleveland Utilities, he was plant manager of the Cleveland Wastewater Treatment Plant.  He attended East Cleveland Baptist Church.  Mike had a special love for music, supporting and encouraging local bands in the area.  He also loved the Tennessee Vols and attended games as often as he could.     

He was preceded in death by his father, Don Ward; sister, Tammy York; brother, Mitch Ward; grandparents, Dorthea an Laurel McFadden; uncle, Johnny Ward; and his step-father, James Preacher Sitzler.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon Nolen Ward; sons, Ian and Jacob Ward; mother, Nancy Sitzler, all of Cleveland; sister, Donna (Jonathan) Cochrane of Clemmons, NC; brother, Allen Sitzler of Knoxville; step-mother, Nancy Ward of Clemmons, NC; nieces, Reagan Cochrane, Ashley Lowery, Lily Milsaps, Alizay Lowery, and Isabelle Millsaps; mother and father-in-law, Bob and Faye Nolen; sister-in-law, Susan (Shane) Johnson; and brother-in-law, Rob Nolen.  He is also survived by several cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family.

A celebration of life will be in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. with Pastor Joe Lockman officiating. Craig Swann, Shane Johnson, Jonathan Cochrane, Matt White, Jeffery Milsaps, and Zachery Swann will serve as honorary pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony and playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are making our services available for you to view on Ralph Buckner Funeral Home’s Facebook page during the service time or at a later time.  

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.   

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Ward family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.

 


Miller, Marlene J. (Cleveland)

Payne, Betty June Mathis (Cleveland)

Thorne, Donald (Dalton)


Marlene J. Miller, age 89, a resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed away Friday morning, September 25, 2020 in a Chattanooga health care facility. Mrs. Miller was born in Kokomo, In. and ... (click for more)

Betty June Mathis Payne, age 80, a resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed into her new life after a lengthy illness. Betty was born in Benton, Tn. and she was the daughter of the late Gladys ... (click for more)

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Miller, Marlene J. (Cleveland)

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Payne, Betty June Mathis (Cleveland)

Betty June Mathis Payne, age 80, a resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, passed into her new life after a lengthy illness. Betty was born in Benton, Tn. and she was the daughter of the late Gladys Shelton Mathis and Reverend A. L. Mathis. Her husband of 41 years, Franklin Eugene Payne; her two infant daughters, Eugena and Gloria Payne; her sister, Linda Faye Mathis; and her niece, ... (click for more)

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Paul M. Hicks

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Glenda F. Ruf

Glenda F. Ruf joined her heavenly father on September 25, 2020. Glenda was born in LaFollette, Tn., on January 5, 1946, but later resided in Knoxville, then Chattanooga. In her 30s she made the bold decision to further her education and become a nurse. She worked in the nursing field for 30 years, primarily at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Covenant Home Care and Hospice. ... (click for more)

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