Sunday, April 28, 2013 9:40 PM
Ward's 100th birthday celebrated
The congregation of Forest Hills Baptist Church celebrated Richard Ward’s 100th birthday April 21 with a party. He could have driven himself to the party, but since his first car was a Model A, Marvin Register chauffeured him in his antique Model A.
Ward was born in Wayne County April 20, 1913. The family later moved to Johnston County. His parents were Henry and Nettie Ward. He had four brothers and three sisters.
All of Ward’s schooling took place at Rosewood School in Wayne County. He started driving at a young age because driver’s licensees were not being issued at that time. You could drive if you were able to get under a steering wheel and reach the pedal.
One of his fondest memories growing up was that movie star Ava Gardner’s family lived nearby, and he remembered her as being a tomboy.
Ward was married in 1932 to Sally Batten of Wilson, and they had one daughter. He also has two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
His first job was with Armour and Company as a salesman for 10 years. He worked at Standard Commercial Tobacco Company for 26 years before retirement.
In 1961, he joined Five Points Missionary Baptist Church, which became Forest Hills Baptist Church.
At Five Points, he served as deacon for many years, was a faithful member of Berean Sunday School class and served in many other ways. He is still in church almost every Sunday.
©The Wilson Times, Wilson, North Carolina.
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