March 5, 1923 – April 27, 2022
Henry “Ray” Ward, 99, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Funeral services will be held at Hinshaw United Methodist Church in Greensboro at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Ray will be laid to rest at Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. The family will receive friends at the church, one hour prior to the funeral from 1 until 2 p.m.
Born March 5, 1923, to Henry Clayton Ward and Hattie Edwards Ward in High Point, North Carolina, Ray grew up on Adams’ Farm and graduated from Jamestown High School. Ray retired from Norfolk Southern Railway in 1989, where he was a yard foreman.
During World War II, Ray served in England with the US Army Air Corps as support for the Bloody 100th Bomber group. On September 11, 1968, Ray joined the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department, with whom he achieved the rank of captain. Ray and his wife Iris were among the oldest living members of the Department and Auxiliary, respectively.
Ray and Iris were members of Hinshaw United Methodist Church for more than seven decades. Throughout his life, Ray remained involved with the United Methodist Men, with whom he assisted and served on numerous building and repair projects to improve the grounds and facilities.
In retirement, Ray shared his blessings with others by serving. He began delivering Mobile Meals in 1994 with his wife Iris and continued until 2019 with his best friend, Bill Fowler, providing thousands of meals over a nearly three-decade period. Ray volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and made numerous trips with Hinshaw’s youth group as a supervisor on their annual Appalachian Service Projects.
Until his health declined, Ray served on over 85 building teams throughout the United States and Central America, helping build at least seven churches. In addition, through UMCOR, Ray helped with the recovery in Homestead, Florida, after Hurricane Andrew, and numerous other hurricane relief efforts in North Carolina. Ray’s passion for service included the Lion’s Club, for whom he proudly sold brooms for many years.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased in death by his beloved wife of 73 years, Iris Chilton Ward, on March 23, 2016, and his brothers James of Fries, VA, Homer of Summerfield, NC, and sister, Lucy Ward Bowman of Greensboro, NC. He is survived by his sister, Mamie Lee Ward Zambon of Tampa, Florida, son, Garry Ward (of Greensboro), daughter-in-law, Jane Roland, daughter, Myra Ward (of Greensboro), and grandson, Peter McGuire (of Elkin) and granddaughter-in-law, Kathy McGuire. Additionally, he has five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by the Price family, Jeanelle Price Hutchinson, Linda Hall, and Mae Price, all of Greensboro, and their brother, Lee Price of Jamestown. In addition, the family wishes to thank Bill and Lois Fowler for their years of devotion, friendship, and service to Ray and Iris.
We also wish to thank the excellent staff at Adam’s Farm Living and Rehab for their kindness to Ray and Iris over the years and neighbors BJ Bowlander, Lou and Randy Powers who assisted them in their final years. Your kindness made their declining years more meaningful, and we appreciate your efforts more than you know. In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations to be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Lion’s Club.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhsedgefield.com.
Published by Greensboro News & Record on May 4, 2022.