Dwayne Mark Ward, known as Mark to family and friends, was an out-going, fun-loving guy who called everyone he met a friend. Sadly, he left this world and entered eternal rest and peace on July 3, 2020, in Washington, DC.
Mark was born February 8,1964, in St. Louis, Missouri, the third child of the late Daniel O. Ward and Jane Lee Richardson Ward. He was a Boy Scout and enjoyed playing the flute while in grade school. After graduating from Normandy High School, he furthered his education at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and Harris - Stowe State University in St. Louis. In November 1982, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and later received an honorable discharge.
Raised a devout Catholic, Mark converted and was baptized into the Baptist faith at True Love Divine Church under the pastorate of Bishop Aaron J. Calhoun. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he became a member of the Masonic Order, Ionic Lodge #134, Medinah Temple #39, F. and A.M. (Prince Hall Affiliation), in St. Louis, Missouri.
While employed at the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation, Mark met and married Darlene Rich. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1995. Around 2007, Mark relocated to Washington, DC, and later became a sales associate with Home Depot. It was in D.C. that he met and married Nyia Gore with whom he had two sons, Oscar and Kirim. Their marriage ended in divorce. His subsequent marriage to Delbrea Kimble was dissolved.
Mark was a loving father to his sons and their half-sister Basil. He enjoyed playing with them, taking them to basketball games and movies, and doing art projects with them. They loved him very much and looked forward to their special time with him.
Dwayne Mark Ward leaves to cherish his memory his mother Jane Lee Richardson Ward of St. Louis, MO; sons Oscar Vaughn and Kirim Princeton Gore, step-daughter Basil Gore, and their mother and his former wife Nyia Gore of Washington, DC; former wife Delbrea Kimble of Washington, DC; sister Deanne Ward of St. Louis, MO; brother Daniel O. Ward II (Serena) of St. Paul, MN; uncles Joseph Richardson (Jacqueline) of Frisco, TX, and Attorney Robert E. Richardson (Audrey Hinton) of Washington, DC; aunt Shirley Durham Richardson of Washington, DC; niece Latrice Ward; nephews Daniel Ward III, Courtland Ward, Asa Ward, and Jonathan Ward; and a host of cousins and friends.
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