Nola Jane Ward

Nola Jane Ward

May 17, 1950~January 27, 2023

Nola Jane Ward 72, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023. Nola was born on May 17, 1950, in Elkhorn City, Kentucky to Robert and Bessie Mullins. She moved to Okaloosa County at a young age and has been a resident ever since.

Nola and her husband, Dan Ward, owned & operated Gulf Coast Tire & Automotive and a sports memorabilia store, All Star Sports Cards & Collectables in Mary Esther, Florida.

As local business owners, they were actively involved in their community with sponsorships and events. Dan and Nola would receive numerous awards for all their community support.

Nola was a southern Baptist by faith and an avid self-taught painter.

Nola is preceded in death by her father, Robert Roscoe Mullins, mother, Bessie Faye Henry, stepfather, Daniel Patrick Henry, brothers, Jerry Gene Mullins and John Robert Mullins, sister, Patricia Faye Sansbury.

Nola is survived by two children, Janie Dardon (Rich) and Tim Philman, sister, Penny Wynne, five grandchildren, D.J. Dardon, Kelsie Dardon, Jordan Philman, Mariah Herbert (Lydell Herbert Jr.) and Tristan Philman numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023, beginning at 5:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with Pastor Jim Stickle officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 29, 2023, from 4-5 pm at the funeral home.

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Teresa kilgore

January 27, 2023, 10:44 pm

I love ❤️ you forever and always Aunt Nola. You loved me so much and taught me so much. I have such sweet, precious memories of you. You always made me feel special and loved and a part of the family.
I feel in love with you the minute I met you, you were so beautiful and cool.
You were my second mom.

Alma Hunt Lockhart Sliger

January 27, 2023, 11:26 pm

Sending love from your Kentucky family. Our hearts are with you all during your tremendous loss. May God give you peace and comfort.

Pamela Joiner Milam

January 28, 2023, 12:24 am

My precious friend, I will miss her terribly. Prayers for you Janie and Timmy and all of Nola’s family. Nola Belle R.I.P. you are forever loved. ❤️

JD Riggs

January 28, 2023, 6:43 am

Mother an Sister Nola in Christ I loved your smile and your kind words always hit home with me ,your so sweet and forever love with all my Heart our Angel you will be in my heart daily and for ever LOVED JD,aka RAMBO love my ANGEL you are a blessing to BO AMEN

Lissy Diller

January 28, 2023, 7:44 am

When I first learned of your illness from your son Tim, needless to say, I was shocked ! 💔”ThS can’t be,” I said to myself😟You are a special lady, MiSs Nola🙏 I’ve come to know you in such a short time as your next door neighbor. You invited me into your home with open arms, introduced me to your sweet mama (God rest her soul), & those killer Bloody Marys with endless conversations to boot! Love you Nola. You’ll be 4eVr missed by many. R.I.P. My Dear Sweet Friend🙏🕊🕯

King Family

January 28, 2023, 9:34 pm

We are so so sorry for your loss of a beautiful woman and a beautiful soul. She was a talented painter and I will remember her when I see the sky’s above painted on hues of blues, reds, violets and pinks. Rest easy Nola and thank You for loving the Grandkids we shared together as much as we did. Sincerely Jeff and Angela King

Ada Mae Thomas Cox

January 31, 2023, 1:37 am

Nola Jane. You were one of the friends I always admired. You were smart, funny, devious (when you wanted to be) and so loveable and such a good friend. Remember “See you later alligator – after while crocodile, real soon racoon”. I will always remember you. Say hello to your mother for me and say hello to my family up there. Especially Billy. I love you!

Penny Murphy

February 4, 2023, 7:07 pm

So sorry for your loss. Nola was a special soul. Have fun in heaven with Poocher. Again. God bless all.

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