Family-owned and operated Anthony E. Ward, Jr. Funeral Home has served the Eastern Shore community. Each of us considers it a privilege to provide caring and compassionate service to families in their time of greatest need. Our dedication to this philosophy is why families come to us through generations.
The business was founded in 1960 by Anthony E. Ward, Sr. Anthony, Sr. was born May 31, 1933 in Crisfield, Maryland. His decision to become a Licensed Mortician was due largely to the influence of his uncles who owned funeral homes in Cambridge and Baltimore Maryland. After graduating from Carter G. Woodson High School in Crisfield, Anthony joined the U.S. Army and served three years. He was first employed at Getty Oil Refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, which at the time was considered a very good job. Against the advice of his friends, he used his G.I. benefits to pay his tuition at Eckel’s College of Mortuary Science located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduation, Anthony served his apprenticeship in Baltimore and was licensed in 1960. He and his wife Marlene, a school teacher, established the business at 11 S. Fourth Street in Crisfield, Maryland and was then later relocated to 314 Cove Street in Crisfield, Maryland. Originally started with him and his wife, the business has now grown to include a staff of 10 employees and also another location in Princess Anne, Maryland in 1989.