Robert Rufus Ward, 88, of Evergreen Drive, Spencer died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Franklin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rocky Mount, Virginia.
Mr. Ward was born July 26, 1924, to the late Samuel Ralph Ward and Georgia Kate Padgett Ward. He attended school in Martinsville and operated Ward’s Store in Spencer for many years and was co-owner and operated Ward’s Garage. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the navy, was chairman of Christmas Cheer for several years and served as PTA president at Spencer Penn School. He was an avid golfer and resided in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for over 30 years. He was a member of Old Well Christian Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Iris K. Ward, a son, Billy R. Ward, sister, Myrtle W. Kendrick and three brothers, Cecil Ward, C. E. “Bill” Ward, Sandy Ralph “Skinny” Ward.
He is survived by three sons, John R. Ward of Ridgeway, James L. “Jimmy” Ward and Gene D. Ward of Spencer, a sister, Florence W. Puckett of Spencer, two brothers, Paul Ward of Martinsville and Raymond T. “Doc” Ward of Spencer, nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Monday, April 1, 2013, at 2:00 o’clock at Old Well Christian Church in Spencer with Pastors Ron Hennis, Curt Ashley and his son, John Ward officiating. Burial followed in Old Well Christian Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were C. J. Grice, Matthew Dalton, Al Ward, Steve Kendrick, Tim Kellam, Nicholas Ward, Alan Ward, and Nakia Carter.
Military rites were provided by the Veterans Honor Guard of Martinsville and Henry County with oldest son, John Ward, receiving the flag in honor of his brother, Jimmy Ward.
Wright Funeral Service & Cremations handled arrangements.