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Eddie Leo Ward

Born: Sun., Apr. 21, 1940
Died: Fri., Jun. 14, 2019


11:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 21, 2019
Location: Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc.

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Fri., Jun. 21, 2019
Location: Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc.

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GREENSBORO – Eddie L. Ward was born in Cleveland County to the late Frank Ward and Helen Wray Ward and he died on June 14, 2019, at the age of 79.

In 1959, Mr. Ward graduated from Douglas High School, Lawndale, NC where he excelled as a student and was the captain of the basketball team.  After high school, he volunteered for the United States Army and served honorably from 1960-1963.  While he was stationed in Korea, his title was Rocket Crewman.

After being discharged from the Army, he attended North Carolina A&T State University and graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

Mr. Ward served 35 years with the US Postal Service and retired as Postmaster at the Asheboro Post Office.  After retirement, he devoted his time to One Step Further, Inc., as a volunteer and an employee. 

He was an avid bowler and enjoyed basketball and football.

Spiritually, he was a member of Trinity AME Zion Church where he formerly served as a steward and assistant treasurer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Lucille Williamson, Cleo Hamright and Ruth Ward; brother, Frank Ward; brother-in-laws, Charles Williamson and James Padgett; sister-in-law, Willie Ree Ward.

Survivors include beloved spouse, Reatha H. Ward; sons, Keith M. Ward and Marcus L. Ward (Shannon Roop); grandchildren, Sloan Isla Virginia Ward and Laila Jane Ward; brothers, James Ward (Jacqueline), Johnny Ward (Daisy) and George Ward (Stella); sisters, Rosa Padgett (James), Anne Griffin, Shirley Fuller (James) and Jacqueline Guest (Benjamin) and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, 1301 Alamance Church Road.  The family visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m.  Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park, 3600 N O’Henry Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to United Way of Greater High Point 815 Phillips Avenue High Point, NC 27262.

Serenity Funeral Home & Cremations is assisting the family. Online condolences may be offered at www.serenityfhcremations.com.

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Emarita H Leitner
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Reatha, just found out about your loss. SO sorry to hear that. Never met your husband but have known you for years and am sure he was just as kind and sweet as you.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Latoya Bullock
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Thinking of you and your family Reatha. You have my deepest sympathy and my prayers. I know Mr. Eddie will truly be missed.

Debbie Bailey
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
My sweet Reatha, I consider myself blessed to have known Mr. Eddie and I will never, ever forget him. Sending you love, hugs and prayers.

Irene Thomas
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
My prayers and thoughts are with the family. Sorry for your loss. I am available to anything you want or need assistance of.

Mark Toney
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
Mrs Ward , Keith , Marcus & family please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers , Keith please let me know if you need anything . Once again I am very sorry for you loss .

Rhonda Coleman-Brissett
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
Reatha, Keith, Marcus; you have Headley and my heartfelt and sincerest condolences. I was in shock to hear that Eddie had transitioned so quickly. I felt like I couldn't even get a prayer up for his speedy recovery before the call came that he was gone. And I began to remember all the times I had seen him over the years, with his unassuming nature. Just so laid back and easy going. Always the gentleman; sternly quiet...and of course just the nicest person in the room! I remeber the time when he shock the heck out of me! It was at Carol's during one of the family reunions and Maurice was acting up. Do you guys remember? Out of nowhere, Eddie body slammed Mo onto the ground and yelled "Maurice, you had better straightened up!" I was shocked because I had never heard him raise his voice. And the next day I said to him, "Boy Eddie, Clark Kent turned into Superman!" And we just had the biggest laugh. That was the day that I began to believe in superheroes. Eddie was a rock star! The Lord has got his kingdom a good son. Find peace in knowing that he was loved and he is missed. I love you family! Always, Rhonda.

Tyrone and Dianne Johnson
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
In this sorrowful time, we would like to extend to you our heartfelt condolences.

Venice Thomas Turrentine
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
Dear Retha, Larry and I were saddened after learning today about Eddie’s passing on Friday. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May God continue to guide, bless, comfort & keep you.

   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
My condolences and prayers for the Ward family, my extended family. I have known Eddie most of my life and always found him to be a kind and conscientious person. Though we did not spend a lot of time together, he will surely be missed by me and many others.
God Bless You All.

Carolyn Jones-Irving
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carolyn, A&T class 1966

Helen Duncan
   Posted Wed June 19, 2019
Reatha, my sincere condolences to you and the boys. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you......Aggie Pride.

Joyce V. Spence
   Posted Wed June 19, 2019
Reatha, my dear friend since the 2nd grade(1951). You, your 2 sons, grandchildren and family have my deepest condolences. May God give you all strength and comfort. Love you.

Bishop Norman & Pastor Sharon Lyons
   Posted Wed June 19, 2019
Our deepest sympathy as you experience this loss. To Mother Florazell Vaughn and the entire bereaved family, know that we are praying for you during this time of sorrow.
Prayfully Submitted By
Bishop Norman & Pastor Sharon Lyons
& The Members of Fountain of Life Church
Uniondale, NY 11553

Sally Ann Simons Howard
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019
Dear Reatha,

I was greatly saddened to hear of Eddie's death. However, I'm extremely thankful to God that my "Best Friend from 1st Grade" was blessed with a marriage of 50+years,plus two wonderful sons and family with Mr. Eddie L. Ward. May you continuously be consoled with these thoughts and my prayers.

Ann Simons Howard

Patricia Joyner
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by One Step Further, Inc..

We will treasure our fond memories of you. May God be with your family. Rest in peace, our dear friend and brother. Your One Step Further family.

Walter Sarden
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019
Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your husband. Eddie and I were classmates at Douglas High School and AT&T. I have fond memories of him. I know that God will continue to keep you and your family in his care. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you in my righteous hand." Trust Him and He will see you through this difficult time. Be well, be safe and God bless.

Walter Sarden

Jeannette Ferguson Porter
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
Reatha, I was so sadden to hear of Eddie's passing. I will never forget how nice he was to me and you did not hesitate and insisted that I go home with you the day of the big snow in Greensboro, remember? .......We were working at Western Electric.

So sorry I could not be present. Lord's willing, hope we can get together before this year ends. Prayerfully, Jeannette

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