March 29, 1929 ~ May 25, 2007
Arden ~ James Charles “ Charlie” Ward , 78 , of Long Shoals Road , died on Friday, May 25, 2007 in a local hospital.
He was a native of Buncombe County and was the son of the late Pierce Ward and Dorothy Frady Ward. He was a retired engineer with 34 years of service to General Electric Corp. A US Army Veteran he was a member of the steel guitar forum and Long Shoals Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, of 51 years, Eleanor Brooks Ward of Arden; a daughter, Connie Ward Slack of Arden; two sons, Martin Pierce Ward of Mills River and Randall Charles Ward of Arden; two grandchildren, Briana Marie Slack and Cheryl Lavonne Slack.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Monday at Long Shoals Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Rearden officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. Sunday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Long Shoals Baptist Church, 661 Long Shoals Road, Arden, NC 28704.
We would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Ward was such a pleasure. We will miss his smiling face and good humor.
The Ladies at HomeTrust Bank, Skyland, NC
Eleanor, Randy, Marty, and Connie, Was so sorry to hear about Charlie,
wish there were something I could do or say that would help you get through this, but only time can heal that with the help of the good Lord above, May God be with
you at this time, My love to each one of you.
Randy and I would like you to know that our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole ward family.To marty and randy I really know what you guys are going through because I lost my dad about a year ago.We just wanted all of you to know how sorry we are for your loss and we will keep you in our prayers.
Charlie was such a treasure. He and Eleanor were neighbors to Mom (Evangeline Liverett) for over 40 years and she loved them dearly. He will be missed by the entire community. My prayers are with you Eleanor.
We, the employees of Community Stop Food Mart extend our deepest sympathy to you, Eleanor and especially you, Randy. K.B. our thoughts are also with you as you always looked after Charlie. Charlie was always smiling when coming through our doors. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
To Connie and family, Charlie was a grood friend and will be missed by many of the steel guitar players that he helped for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sorry we can’t be there for the service.
To the Ward family, Charlie was a grood friend and will be missed by many of the steel guitar players that he helped for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sorry we can’t be there for the service.
Eleanor and children, Charlie was a good friend.He will be missed by many friends, especially me. We had long talks on the phone about steel guitars. He was the one that started my new steel guitar that I cherish. The finished product had the evidence of Charlie’s craftmanship in it. He was one of a kind and I was proud to call him friend. May he rest in peace and May the Lord bless you in this time of sorrow.Ken and Dorothy
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We loved Mr. Ward dearly. Heaven will definitely be a better place with him there.
Sheraldean and J.C Norris