Mr. Leonard J. Ward, age 79, of Boone, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Watauga Medical Center.

Leonard is survived by three sisters, Lizzie Stanley of Vale, Mary Sue Rose and husband Richard, and Betty Harmon and husband Lee, all of Vilas, and three brothers, Mack Daniel Ward and wife Clara, and William S. Ward and wife Ann, all of Conover, and Bobby Ward of Vilas. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Jean Noah Ward, and his father and mother, John Ira Ward and Tinnie Harmon Ward.

Memorial services for Mr. Leonard J. Ward will be conducted Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 12:00 o'clock, at Vanderpool Baptist Church. Officiating will be Reverend L.N. Stanley.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 until 12:00 o'clock, at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ward family, in care of Clara Ward, 107 Wike Drive S.E., Conover, North Carolina, 28613.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ward family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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