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OBITUARY

James Paul Ward Sr.

April 1, 1944June 17, 2020
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Reverend James Paul Ward, Sr., age 76, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. He was born April 1, 1944 in Brazil, S.A. to Rev. Horace S. and Eva Carolyn (Hall) Ward, Sr. He spent the first seven years of his life in Brazil until returning to the U.S. He attended Holmes Theological Seminary, Greenville, SC; Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH; Ambassador Bible Institute, London, OH; and Lee College, Cleveland, TN where he earned a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1973. He later attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.

James was ordained into the ministry of the International Pentecostal Church of Christ on August 13, 1965 and pastored the headquarters church in London, OH. In 1979 he was ordained in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. James and his family traveled throughout the Western North Carolina Conference of the denomination conducting Vacation Bible School programs, children’s crusades, youth camps, and teacher training seminars. He also pastored Worthville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Randleman, NC.

Having grown up in a missionary home, his lifelong dream was to serve God as a missionary. In 2002 James and Joyce began full-time ministry with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Guatemala. He traveled throughout the country leading Bible training seminars with pastors and led mission teams in building programs and medical clinics. They served as career missionaries from November 2002 to 2010. After retirement, James returned to Guatemala frequently for short-term mission trips to build churches and continue the People to People ministry. He attended the North Pointe Pentecostal Holiness Church as long as his health permitted.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Horace S. Ward, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce of 54 years who faithfully served as his caretaker and companion throughout his illness. He is also survived by his son, Dr. James P. Ward, Jr. (Joy) of Anchorage, AK; his daughters, Joylita Terpstra (Tracy) of Cleveland, TN and Janiese McKenzie (Aaron) of Jamestown, NC; grandchildren, Trés Ward (Rachael), Justin Ward (Elizabeth), Karis Moreland (Chase), Jaylyne Ward, Katherine Terpstra, Matthias Terpstra and Ashton McKenzie; and great-granddaughter Felicity Ward. On Mother’s Day he was told that he would soon be blessed with a second great-granddaughter. He is also survived by his brother, Duteil Ward of Xenia, OH, brother-in-law Curtis Parks of Holly Springs, NC, and sisters-in-law Marilyn Ward of Yukon, OK, Frances Partin of Black Mountain, NC, Darlene Odom (Franklin) of Cleveland, TN and Faye Nelon of Black Mountain, NC, and many nieces and nephews. James has been blessed with a host of friends around the world, and the precious people of Guatemala whom he worked alongside and who embraced him fondly as “Santiago”.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to International Pentecostal Holiness Church World Missions, Guatemala, P.O. Box 12609 Oklahoma City, OK 73157 (https://give.iphc.org/projects). Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 am on Saturday, June 27 at North Pointe Pentecostal Holiness Church, 5225 High Point Rd, High Point, NC, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 pm at Mountlawn Memorial Park, 196 Fan Key Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC.

Online condolences can be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

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Kathie Williams

July 4, 2020

Dearest Joyce and Janiese,
Dee, Jill and I were so sad to hear of your dad’s passing. We cherish the memories of him and your family throughout the Western Guilford basketball games and your and Jill’s friendship during your high school days.
Janiese, I know your dad was proud of you for being such a wonderful high school principal and leading such a great personal life. We were very proud of you for making your seniors’ graduation year special with your bike riding.
Love to you and your family,
Kathie Williams

Jerry L Jones

June 28, 2020

I did not know James Senior, but I know his sons James and Tres. If the 'apple doesn't fall far from the tree' be true, James Senior was a mighty man of God.

Luther and Pat Jackson

June 27, 2020

Think of the great couple and their friendliness to everyone one they met. Also the Godly example they shared with the Stoneville PH Church while their son Dr James Ward Pastored this church - great heritage to be carried own by his children and grandchildren.
Praying for you Sister Joyce and the family. Sorry we were unable to come today but you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love yall.
Luther and Pat jackson

Joe & Wanda Chapman

June 26, 2020

Sorry to hear of the passing Rev. James Ward, our prayers are with Joyce and family. James and Joyce became very special to us and James will be missed. James is in a better place. Love and God Bless.

Rev. Samuel Miller

June 25, 2020

Rev. James Ward was my pastor as a young person at the London, OH Pentecostal Church of Christ, along with his brother, the late Dr. Horace Ward, Jr., who preceded him as my pastor for several years. His father, the late Rev. Horace Ward, Sr., former missionary to Brazil, officiated our wedding nearly 47 years ago, in 1973. Our families were missionaries together in Brazil before our family returned to the states in 1954. Like the other members of the Ward family, James was a man of integrity, sincerity, deep spiritual faith, compassion for others, and love for God. He also had a sense of humor! He touched MANY lives, including my own! ---Rev. Samuel Miller, Westerville, OH

Joe & Elsie Arthur

June 25, 2020

Joyce, please be reassured of our thoughts and prayers for you and the family at this time! We have fond memories of your service in
World Missions!

Sherri Gerringer

June 24, 2020

I have such fond memories of James when we worked together at Potpourri Press. I thought so much of him and your family! Please know that you are in my prayers during this difficult time!

Selena Fleming

June 23, 2020

Our families have had so many wonderful memories. We attended church together in Greensboro and then Rev. Ward was our pastor at Worthville PH Church. I remember that he loved the youth of the church and we all had a great time bringing the community together. Many fond memories.

Love to all of you. You are in our prayers.

Scott and Selena Absher Fleming and Kitty Absher

Blan & Evelyn Lemaster Mash

June 22, 2020

We are sending our sympathy but most of all our praise for such a wonderful man of God. When his parents were Missionaries in Brazil, the family would spend some Of their furlough with The Lemasters. We were so happy to have known such a grand family/person. Praying for Gods Peace and comfort for Joyce and the whole family!

Barbara Galloway

June 21, 2020

I remember when James and Joyce and family were at Paw Creek Church of God, Paw Creek, NC. I had not spent very much time with them until then (about 1977) so I invited them to have dinner with us one day. This was very special for me since I realized what a loving, caring couple they were. They also taught at the Paw Creek Christian Academy. I will always cherish that time with them. God bless all the family during this time of transition. We will all meet again in the morning.

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Biography

Reverend James Paul Ward, Sr., age 76, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. He was born April 1, 1944 in Brazil, S.A. to Rev. Horace S. and Eva Carolyn (Hall) Ward, Sr. He spent the first seven years of his life in Brazil until returning to the U.S. He attended Holmes Theological Seminary, Greenville, SC; Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH; Ambassador Bible Institute, London, OH; and Lee College, Cleveland, TN where he earned a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1973. He later attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.

James was ordained into the ministry of the International Pentecostal Church of Christ on August 13, 1965 and pastored the headquarters church in London, OH. In 1979 he was ordained in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. James and his family traveled throughout the Western North Carolina Conference of the denomination conducting Vacation Bible School programs, children’s crusades, youth camps, and teacher training seminars. He also pastored Worthville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Randleman, NC.

Having grown up in a missionary home, his lifelong dream was to serve God as a missionary. In 2002 James and Joyce began full-time ministry with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Guatemala. He traveled throughout the country leading Bible training seminars with pastors and led mission teams in building programs and medical clinics. They served as career missionaries from November 2002 to 2010. After retirement, James returned to Guatemala frequently for short-term mission trips to build churches and continue the People to People ministry. He attended the North Pointe Pentecostal Holiness Church as long as his health permitted.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Horace S. Ward, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce of 54 years who faithfully served as his caretaker and companion throughout his illness. He is also survived by his son, Dr. James P. Ward, Jr. (Joy) of Anchorage, AK; his daughters, Joylita Terpstra (Tracy) of Cleveland, TN and Janiese McKenzie (Aaron) of Jamestown, NC; grandchildren, Trés Ward (Rachael), Justin Ward (Elizabeth), Karis Moreland (Chase), Jaylyne Ward, Katherine Terpstra, Matthias Terpstra and Ashton McKenzie; and great-granddaughter Felicity Ward. On Mother’s Day he was told that he would soon be blessed with a second great-granddaughter. He is also survived by his brother, Duteil Ward of Xenia, OH, brother-in-law Curtis Parks of Holly Springs, NC, and sisters-in-law Marilyn Ward of Yukon, OK, Frances Partin of Black Mountain, NC, Darlene Odom (Franklin) of Cleveland, TN and Faye Nelon of Black Mountain, NC, and many nieces and nephews. James has been blessed with a host of friends around the world, and the precious people of Guatemala whom he worked alongside and who embraced him fondly as “Santiago”.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to International Pentecostal Holiness Church World Missions, Guatemala, P.O. Box 12609 Oklahoma City, OK 73157 (https://give.iphc.org/projects). Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 am on Saturday, June 27 at North Pointe Pentecostal Holiness Church, 5225 High Point Rd, High Point, NC, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 pm at Mountlawn Memorial Park, 196 Fan Key Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC.

Online condolences can be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.