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Robert Rufus Ward

Robert Rufus Ward, 88, of Evergreen Drive, Martinsville 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 in 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, was chairman of Christmas Cheer for several years and served as PTA president at Spencer Penn School. 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 will be Monday, April 1, 2013, at 2:00 o’clock at Old Well Christian Church at Spencer with Pastors Ron Hennis, Curt Ashley and his son, John Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Old Well Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Veterans Honor Guard P O Box 1002, Collinsville, Virginia 24078.

Wright Funeral Service & Cremations is handling arrangements.

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