Honorable Horace Taliaferro Ward
Federal Judge Horace Taliaferro Ward died Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was the first Black to serve on the federal bench in Georgia in 1979 and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter. In the early 1950's he became the first Black to challenge the racially discriminatory practices at the University of Georgia (UGA). He filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia over legal school segregation, after UGA officials denied him admission because of his race.
Horace Ward practiced law in Atlanta from 1960 to 1974. He was a deputy city attorney of Atlanta from 1969 to 1970. He was an assistant county attorney for Fulton County, from 1970 to 1974. He was a member of the Georgia State Senate from 1965 to 1974. He was a Fulton County Civil Court Judge from 1974 to 1977. He was a judge to the Superior Court of Georgia from 1977 to 1979.
Funeral Service and Visitations
VIEWING: Monday, May 2, 2016, - 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – At the chapel of Alfonso Dawson Mortuary, Inc.
3000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30311
WAKE: Monday, May 2, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on Morehouse Campus which will include Omega service by Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and service by Kappa Boule Rites (both services are open). Visitation will follow.
FUNERAL: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on Morehouse Campus, 825 Westview Dr., S. W., Atlanta, Georgia 30310.
The family will meet at The Landmark Condominium, 215 Piedmont Avenue, N. E. Atlanta, GA 30308 on the day of the service at 9: 30 a.m.
JUDGE WARD LEAVES TO CELEBRATE HIS LEGACY grandchildren: Theodore J. Ward Saxton, Horace N. Ward Saxton, Cybil Jones Ward, Ruth K. Ward and Theodore LeFlore Ward; cousins: Annie Pauline Ward Williams (Richard), Isiah Paul Ward, J.D. (Gwendolyn), Martha Ward Plowden, Ph.D. (Nathaniel), Mary Ward, Michael H. Cook (Renee), Jeffrey Ferrell, J. Ferrell, Alfred Howard, Cedric Mario Ward (Alicia), Regina Ward Porter, Ph.D. (Terry), Natalie Ward Plowden Martin (Clinton), Kimberly Delpino, Tina Delpino and Peggy Cooper; sister in law: Eleanor Townsend; nephews: John LeFlore, William (Billy) LeFlore and Burton LeFlore; niece: Melanie Townsend and a host of other family and friends.
Alfonso Dawson Mortuary, Inc.
3000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311