John E. Ard

Published 8:43 am Wednesday, October 23, 2013


“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (II Timothy 4: 7-8).

John E. Ard answered the call on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, when the angel of the Lord appeared and said, “My child, well done.”

He was born in Greensburg on Jan. 9, 1929, and attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Tom Bailey Jr., where he was a faithful member until his health failed. He worked at various places throughout his life including as a truck drive and mechanic worker in New Orleans. His great passions were gardening, cooking and helping others. His life exemplified the steps of a good man as ordered by the Lord: “And he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23). John’s pleasant and nurturing spirit will forever be missed.

John leaves to cherish his loving memories his devoted wife of 27 years, Dorothy Quinn Ard of Bogalusa; four sons, John (Tekeisha) Ard of Bogalusa, Kelvin Ard of Covington, and Wendell and Johnnie Ard, both of New Orleans; three stepchildren, Earnest R. Dillon, Clarence Quinn and Lillie (Ronald) Brown, all of Bogalusa; one brother, Leroy (Geraldine) Ard, one sister, Martha (Walter) Hamler, and one sister-in-law, Emma Ard, all of Greensburg; his grandchildren that he loved dearly, Takia Ard of Covington, Javontay Owens, Laderious Rashad Johnson, Montrell and De’Mireyea Quinn, Kenisha Flot, Natoya Toomer, all of Bogalusa, Daron K. (Monica) Wells of Baton Rouge, Bryen (Dawn) Brown and Shamicka (Paris) Smith both of Texas, and Nikki Dillon of Atlanta; and eight great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Maggie Ard; a daughter, Pearl Ard; and siblings, Joseph Ard Sr., Florence P. Ard and Merdis Ard.

Visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 24, at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Bogalusa from 2-6 p.m., followed by a family hour from 6-7 pm.

The funeral will be held on Friday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Tom Bailey Jr. officiating.