Wilbern Lee Ward, age 86, of Flowers Branch Road, Deep Gap, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Lakebridge Health Care Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Mr. Ward was born April 10, 1927 in Del Rio, Tennessee, a son of the late James Amos Ward and Mary Elizabeth Hicks Ward. He was a retired orderly with Watauga Medical Center, and served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Ward was a member of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Ward is survived by his wife; Thelma J. Ward, six sons, Rickey Lee Ward of Boone, Gary D. Ward and wife Charlotte of Fletcher, Wilbern A. Ward and wife Betty of Johnson City, Richard Ward and wife Joy of Gastonia, Wayne Ward and wife Kristi of Hickory, and Tony Ward of Boone; one daughter, Regina Mettam and husband Charles of Boone, and one sister, Corene Woodring and husband Burl of Boone. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Sgt. Larry Grant Ward and John Basil Ward; two brothers, Murphy Ward and Casey Ward, and one sister, Rachel Miller.

Funeral services for Wilbern Lee Ward will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014, at 2:00 o'clock, at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Pastor Eric Proffitt. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in the Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, from 6:00 until 8:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made Medi Home Health & Hospice, 136 Furman Road, Suite 2, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ward family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

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

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