June 18, 1927 – November 19, 2018
Raymond “Doc” Ward, 91, of Martinsville, VA, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gertrude “Trudy” Ward He is also survived by his daughter, Bonnie Freeman; daughter in law, Stuart Pannill Ward; two grandsons, Andy (Casey) Atkins and Chris (Susan) Atkins and four great-grandchildren. Raymond was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Jean, and son, S. Ray, five brothers and two sisters. A graveside service will be held at the Ward Family Cemetery, 561 Marigold Road, Martinsville, VA at 12:00PM on Monday, November 26, 2018. The visitation will be an hour prior to the service at Collins Funeral Home, Bassett, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ward Family Cemetery, 561 Marigold Road, Martinsville, VA 24112.
November 26, 2018
To The Family of Raymond "Doc" Ward, It is with heartfelt sympathy to learn of the passing of Doc Ward. He was truly a kind, witty, and genuine man. I remember his kindness to all the people that he met. I remember the days at his house, at the pond, when we all were welcome to go swimming. He was always willing to help me at his garage.
My deepest condolences go out to you during this time of the loss of your Husband, Father, Grandfather, and all who knew him.
Les & Sheilla Coplin
November 25, 2018
Dear Trudy, Bonnie, Andy, Chris, and all of the Ward Family,
It is with much sadness we learned of Doc's passing. He remained a very special person to our family, all the years we've lived in Spencer. Doc was one of the very first people to welcome us into the community, when we moved here from Ridgeway.
A special memory we have is Doc's taking us to his beautiful hand-crafted cabin, and seeing all the wonders he created in it. We even got to sleep there on one occasion, celebrating our wedding anniversary.
Doc was always a generous individual and he loved the outdoors. He would help anyone who needed it, and allowed us even to keep our horses in his field for a time.
His sharp wit and sense of humor were all his own, making him even more special, to those of us who loved him.
We will forever think of him and remember him in his truck, heading down Evergreen Rd., and nodding at us when we passed by his vehicle on the street.
We mourn with you in the loss of this remarkable man.
With sincere sympathy and love, Les and Sheilla Coplin