Leon Ward, age 72, of Marion, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. Leon was born in Whiteville, NC on June 22, 1937 and was the son of the late Memory Ward and Leona Long Ward. He was a US Army Veteran and retired as a mechanic from CVB Trucking. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. Preceding Mr. Ward in death was a son, Gary Lynn Ward.
Saddened by the loss of Mr. Ward are his wife, Hazel McKinney Ward of the home; five children: Teresa Garner, Sandra Owens, Lisa Taylor, Leon Ward, Jr. and David Ward; thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in Westmoreland Chapel with Rev. Michael Zullo and Rev. Jimmy Upton officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home. Interment will be in WNC State Veterans Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Hazel Ward, 494 Legacy Path, Marion, N. C. 28752.