Samuel Theodore Ward Sr.

February 16, 1928March 12, 2019

Samuel Theodore Ward, Sr., 91, of Spring Hope, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019. A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Holly Grove Baptist Church, Spring Hope, NC.

Ted was a veteran, having proudly served in the United States Army. He was licensed to preach in 1953 and ordained as a Baptist minister in 1956. Ted pastored 9 churches, along with preaching at 75 different churches in Alabama and Florida during the time he was not in his own church. In May of 2000, he and his wife moved to Spring Hope, NC and joined Holly Grove Baptist Church as members.

Surviving are his wife, Rose Sharon Corbitt Ward; one son, David Theodore Ward; one daughter, Latricia Ann Messer; grandchildren, David T. Ward, Jr., Jared Ward, Mary Keezel, Benjamin Ward, Nicole Messer and Seth VanOrder, Nathan Messer, Josh and Jennifer Messer, and Justin and Amanda Messer; great-grandchildren, Finnley Ward, Gabriel VanOrder, Julian VanOrder, Justin Messer, Jr., Hannah Messer, Lane Messer, Annabella Messer, and Hayley Messer.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Daniel Ward and Robert Michael Ward, and his parents, Samuel Jackson and Nettie Grissett Ward.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent to


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Latricia Messer

April 2, 2019

I love you and I miss you Daddy. You have helped me to see even more how beautiful Heaven must be. What a celebration you must be having.

The Puryears

March 18, 2019

Ward family,
We are grieving alongside you over the passing of Mr. Ward, but rejoicing that he is now in the presence of his Savior. We pray the Lord's kindness will be felt and that His nearness will bring you peace during this time.

In love,
The Puryears

Benjamin Quinn

March 18, 2019

What a privilege to know Mr. Ward for the past 15 years through our church family at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Spring Hope, NC. Mr. Ward always smiled, always encouraged and always entertained. He was truly a joy to see and speak with each time. And, what a precious bride he leaves behind in Mrs. Ward. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ward are Saints in the Lord and we are all better for knowing them.

Every blessing to the family as they mourn the loss of a husband, father and pastor.

Benjamin Quinn

Sandra Johnson

March 16, 2019

I have many fond memories of Sharon and Ted growing up.
My Mother, Doris Morris, was a supporter of their ministerial journey and she was very proud of Ted's accomplishments.
May he rest in eternal peace.