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Rollins Funeral Home

1401 Hudson Road, Rogers, AR

OBITUARY

CHARLES W WARD

July 9, 1935November 27, 2019

Charles Williams Ward, 84, of Rogers, Arkansas passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Charles was born on July 9, 1935 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the middle of three children of Thomas Elmer and Olive Williams Ward. He lived most of his early life in Searcy and Beebe, Arkansas. He proudly served in the US Air Force and earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. In the early 1960s, he designed and drafted for Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, OK and Huntsville, AL, assigned mainly to the AIM-4/Falcon project and the Saturn series of rockets with NASA engineers, where his designs led to two patents. He then began what would be a 30-year career at Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America/Occidental Petroleum. This position took him, along with his beloved wife Carolyn and their young family to various locations in Arkansas, Texas, Nebraska, and Illinois, ultimately settling them in Chicago. They were 22-year members of Calvary United Protestant Church, in Park Forest, IL, where they have many dear friends to this day. During that time, Charles served as an Elder, Choir member, and oversaw Buildings and Grounds. Charles and Carolyn retired to Rogers in 1994, where Charles devoted his time and boundless energy to local organizations Rocky Branch Fire Dept. (volunteer firefighter), Habitat for Humanity, and was a Life-Member of Mercy Hospital Volunteers. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing with the Dirty Dozen Club. He was also a Life-Member of the University of Arkansas Alumni Assoc., AAME, ASME, AGA, ISA, and was a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing bass in the choir and served on the Board of Trustees. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Rachel French; sister Ann Sharpe, and brother Tommy Ward. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carolyn Bruce Ward; daughters Ebbe Divins (David) of New Hampshire, Gina Drebenstedt (Duane) of South Carolina, Charma Bonanno (David) of Vermont, and son-in-law Michael French of Indiana; nine grandchildren: Falon French, Doug French (Meaghan), Erin Palmer (Robert), Iris Boney (Evan), Audrey Sobolesky (Tim), Bruce Drebenstedt (Elizabeth), Duncan Drebenstedt (Robyn), Daniel Divins, and Angelo Bonanno; twelve great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and dear friends. A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, December 14 at 11 am with a visitation at 10 am at Central United Methodist Church in Rogers. Gifts in Charles’ memory may be sent to Habitat for Humanity of Benton County, 1212 N. Walton Blvd, Bentonville, AR 72712 or https://habitatbentoncounty.org/ or Central United Methodist Church of Rogers, 2535 West New Hope Road, Rogers, AR 72758 https://www.cumcrogers.com/. Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home. www.RollinsFuneral.com

Services

14 December

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Central United Methodist Church of Rogers

2535 West New Hope Road
Rogers, Arkansas

14 December

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Central United Methodist Church of Rogers

2535 West New Hope Road
Rogers, Arkansas

Memories

CHARLES W WARD

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Patti Kelly (Nero)

December 5, 2019

My memories of Mr Ward are many. I still call him Mr Ward because I’ve known him almost my whole life and that’s who he’s always been. I’ve had the privilege of being friends with all four of his daughters...Gina being my very best longtime friend (like a sister). From the time his family moved to Park Forest, our families were close. My dad and Mr Ward worked together so they rode the train into Chicago daily together. We also attended the same church so we worshipped together as well. One of my favorite memories are, after church on Sundays, I would go to the Wards house. Since I had two brothers I loved going to this home full of girls. Every Sunday there was a tradition where Mom and Dad Ward would retire for a nap. We were all told it was quiet time....and if we weren’t quiet we’d “get a whoopin!”. It still makes me smile when I hear Mr Wards voice telling us this. He was so darn cute...we never thought he was serious. I am blessed to have been included into this endearing family. Thank you Mr Ward for moving your family to Park Forest so I could be loved by you all. Tell my parents I love them!

Valerie Mathews

December 3, 2019

I met Charlie and Carolyn this year in Griefshare class after the loss of their daughter. He was fairly quiet and listened intently to everything. I would tease him and call him "Carlos" just to joke with him. When I asked him about his children, he totally lit up and talked for a long time. He was so very proud of his kids and their accomplishments. He loved Carolyn and the kids so very much.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY