Our Story

Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.

Ward’s Funeral Home is locally owned by Gainesville natives John Wayne & Wendi Abernathy. John Wayne knew as a small child that he wanted to be a funeral director. When he & his parents would visit families at a funeral home, he was always fascinated by the different funeral homes and directors. He would bury his fisher price men and had his technique down to perfection. After high school he pursued his career. He takes pride and gives a family his full attention to make sure they are taken care of to the fullest. When asked where did this come from he said, " yes you can say different people influenced me but honestly, my credit goes to The Lord! Because without him I couldn't do this. He is my rock and he has given me the ability to have this talent and ministry".  John Wayne and the caring staff are here to help you through this difficult time.  You can count on us to help you personalize a lasting tribute to your love one. During this time of sorrow our goal is to help guide you through the many decisions that must be made.  Whether your need is immediate or you wish to pre-plan a service we are always ready to assist.

You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance.  Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.   We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.

Why Us?

COMPASSION, INTEGRITY & EXCELLENCE

Why Us?

We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond with kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments, and we make hard times a little easier. We at Ward's do this with compassion, integrity and excellence. We are the right choice when choosing a funeral home.

Learn the legacy.

Ward's Funeral Home was established in 1934, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pleasure in maintaining a setting that allows people to find peace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.

John  Wayne Abernathy

John Wayne Abernathy

Owner, Funeral Director & Embalmer
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Wendi Kinsey Abernathy

Wendi Kinsey Abernathy

Co-Owner & Administrative Assistant
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Lauren Abernathy

Lauren Abernathy

Funeral Service Apprentice, Marketing Director & Event Coordinator
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Nick Rouadi

Nick Rouadi

Funeral Service Assistant
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Jimmy  Brewer

Jimmy Brewer

Funeral Director
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Becky Brewer

Becky Brewer

Administrative Assistant
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Rev. Maxey Ladd

Rev. Maxey Ladd

Funeral Service Apprentice, Pre-Need, Aftercare & Public Relations
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Sue Ladd

Sue Ladd

Visitation Attendant & Administrative Assistant
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Wayne Thomas

Wayne Thomas

Funeral Service Assistant
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Rev. Mark Russell

Rev. Mark Russell

Funeral Service Assistant
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The Abernathy's

The Abernathy's

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