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Ward Cemetery

Official Site

Kelleys Creek Road Near Cedar Grove

Kanawha County, West Virginia


Kanawha County EMS Address: 

2041 Kelley's Creek Rd, Cedar Grove, WV

GPS Coordinates: 38.233181, -81.417323

The mailing address for this cemetery was once

Ward, WV.  The Ward post office closed in 1969.



Ward Cemetery

c/o Sherry Smith

3012 Dorsey Drive

Belle WV 25015

[email protected]

(304) 595-2919


Ward Cemetery is located near the former coal mining town of Ward, West Virginia. The cemetery is located on Kelly's Creek Road in an unincorporated area of eastern Kanawha County approximately one mile northeast of the of the town of Cedar Grove, West Virginia. The cemetery​ is around ten acres in size and is situated on a hillside. Ward Cemetery is a very old community cemetery and the terrain in some areas of the cemetery can be very rugged and steep. Ward Cemetery is not a perpetual care cemetery, is not operated for profit, and there are no deeded plots. Ward Cemetery is still an active burial ground and the final resting place of many​ former Kelley's Creek Collieries/Valley Camp Coal Company employees, their families, and their descendants.  

Visitor Information

Ward Cemetery visiting hours are daily from dawn until dusk. Ward Cemetery has no paid staff and NO OFFICE on site. The smaller​ cemetery gates are always unlocked for visitors. However, due to past problems with theft, vandalism, and damage caused​ by off-road vehicles, the larger double gates will remain locked for the protection of the cemetery. If you need to locate a grave or need additional information or assistance, please contact us BEFORE your visit. Ward Cemetery is cared for by volunteers who may not be immediately available to assist you at the time of your visit.  If you need access through the locked drive-in gates, please contact us IN ADVANCE OF YOUR VISIT to make arrangements for one of our volunteers to meet you to unlock the gates. You may email us at [email protected]  or [email protected]  or call (304) 595-2919 or use our CONTACT FORM.  Only Advisory Committee members and maintenance personnel will be issued a key.  Please see our POLICY page for more information regarding cemetery policy.

PLEASE NOTE: The cemetery has no trash pickup, so please take any old flowers and trash with you when leaving the cemetery. Burning trash is not legal and has not been allowed for a long time and the trash bin has been removed. Please do not throw garbage on top or beside of our storage bin. It is not a trash bin.

Caretaker Information

After many years of loving care and dedication by caretakers such as Charles and Patsy Tucker and Lee Roy and Helen Smith and others, Ward Cemetery still continues to be maintained thanks to the work of caretaker Sherry Smith assisted by the volunteer members of the Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee. Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee, Inc. is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and is licensed to conduct business in the state of West Virginia. The all-volunteer committee was established to assist with the care of Ward Cemetery as funds allow. The volunteers depend upon donations from the local community to accomplish their mission. The next meeting of the Ward Cemetery Advisory Com​mittee has been postponed due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At this time, we are unsure as to when the next meeting will be scheduled. Please check back for updates. If you have questions or need information about the Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee, please email us at [email protected] or use our CONTACT FORM.

About Ward Cemetery

The precise details surrounding the establishment of Ward Cemetery are lost to time, but at some point during the very early years of the community's existence, a plot of land was set aside to serve as a cemetery.


Burial Records

The original burial records were lost in a fire; however, the cemetery was mapped and new records were created from information taken from the headstones/markers. Burials in Ward Cemetery can be located if the grave has a readable marker.


Information for Researchers

Many family tree researchers assume that a death certificate that states the burial place as Ward, WV, indicates a burial in Ward Cemetery. However, Mount Lewis Cemetery is located within walking distance of Ward Cemetery. 



BURIAL RECORDS INFO: [email protected]

or phone (304) 766-7303

GENERAL INFO: [email protected]

OR [email protected]

or phone (304) 595-2919