Ward Cemetery is located in eastern Kanawha County 
on Kelly's Creek Road, one mile northeast of the 
town of Cedar Grove in the state of West Virginia.  

Official Site
Kanawha County, WV

Ward Cemetery



Ward Cemetery, c/o Sherry Smith, 3012 Dorsey Drive, Belle WV 25015


BURIAL RECORDS EMAIL:  jan@wardcemetery.com

GENERAL INFO EMAIL:  info@wardcemetery.com


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. 


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 twelve 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.  


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 Committee was established to assist with the care of Ward Cemetery, and the volunteers depend on donations from the local community to aid in their work.  Please click on the link to the ADVISORY page for more information.  The next meeting of the Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, has been postponed due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  At this time, we are unsure as to when the meeting will be rescheduled.  Please check back for updates.  If you have questions or need information about the Ward Cemetery Advisory Committee, please contact members John or Wilma Kidd at (304) 727-5695 or you can email them at wvkidds@suddenlink.net.  




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 access through the locked double gates, please contact cemetery volunteers John Kidd or Wilma Kidd at 304-727-5695 or Wanda Bass at 304-595-1245 to make arrangements for someone to unlock the gates IN ADVANCE of your visit.  See our POLICY page for more information regarding our cemetery guidelines.