Reverend Gilbert A. Ward, age 88, of Vilas, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at his residence.

Reverend Ward was a the former pastor of Doe Ridge Baptist Church, Shull's Mill Baptist Church and Cool Springs Baptist church in Franklinville, North Carolina. He was a US Navy Veteran.

He is survived by two daughters, Sherry Brown and husband Johnny of Vilas and Kathy Townsend of Mountain City, Tennessee, two sons, Larry Ward and wife Brenda of Lexington, North Carolina and Steve Ward of the home, six grandchildren, Thomas Brown and wife Anna of Vilas, Tabatha Townsend and Angie Townsend both of Boone, Larry Ward,Jr., Shawn Ward and wife Nichole and Alisha Ward all of Lexington, and one grandson-in-law, Matthew Garrison of Hilton Head, South Carolina, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Reda Mae Ward, his father and mother, Joel and Vertie Ward, one granddaughter, Reda Gail Brown Garrison, a son-in-law, Steve F. Townsend, three brothers, Basil Ward, Baxter Ward and Pete Tester and one sister, Victoria Harmon.

Funeral services for Reverend Gilbert A. Ward will be conducted Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel at 7:30 o'clock. Reverend Andy Watson and Reverend Thomas Brown will officiate. Interment will follow Friday at Vanderpool Baptist Church Cemetery at 11:00 o'clock.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 until 7:30, at the funeral home, prior to the service

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645.

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