Sad news this week


My news to you from the Wesley Smith Chapel Community is sad news for me this week.
My brother, Dennis Ward, suddenly and quickly took a flight and passed away at his home on Friday, Oct. 16. What a shock it was!

My brother was the fourth child of Vancie and Ethel Ward. He was retired 20 years from the U.S. Army and was a graduate of North Duplin High School in Calypso. After graduation, he attended Elizabeth State University in Elizabeth City. Later, Dennis joined the U.S. Army and married Belinda Jean Atkinson. With their union, they had three girls, Denean Michelle, Belinda Latisha and Sierra Ward, and four grandsons.

A celebration of life service was held for Dennis Jerome Ward at his home on Robert Hargrove Road at 2 p.m. with Elder Donald Graham giving the eulogy and Elder Kenneth Freeman presiding. I would like to thank each and everyone for your love, your prayers, your messages, your phone calls, your food and for showing support during this difficult time of his passing. I loved my brother dearly and he considered me like his mother because he and Ronald knew I didn’t play with them.

Thank you, Brock and Worley Funeral Home of Clinton.

A memorial service will be held for Larry Morrisey on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist in Roseboro. Morrisey passed away in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday and is formerly of Faison. He attended North Duplin High School in Calypso and died on Thursday, Oct. 15 in Jacksonville. He is survived by his wife, Janice F. Morrisey, of the home.

Mark your calendar

St. Luke Church of Christ, 636 Waller Road, invites you to join the congregation at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 in the church parking lot to celebrate the fourth pastoral anniversary of Elder Kenneth Freeman and Vesta Freeman in an appreciation ceremony with Elder Donald Dewitt of Goshen Disciple Church in Faison delivering the message. Attendees may place cards in the church basket for the pastor and lady elect or you can mail them to Elderess Jean Ward. Don’t forget to mark your calendar and save the date for this event. Bible study is held every Wednesday night at 7. Services are streamed live on Facebook every first and third Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Remember to wear your mask, stay 6 feet apart and wash your hands.

Happy Birthday
  • Oct. 23: Deborah Southerland, from your husband, Al Southerland, your daughter and the entire family; Martell Wynn, from your wife, Tanya, and the family; and Letha Graham, from your children, Elder Kenneth Freeman and the St. Luke Church family.
  • Oct. 24: Christol Pigford from your mother, Pastor Shirley Pigford, and the entire family; Evangelist Vondra McClain; and Allen Vann, better known as “AJ.”
Final word

I will share more news next week. Our hearts and prayers are with Carolyn Marshburn, whose daughter the Lord has called home. Until next week, please get out and vote and let’s make this change happen. It has to come. Vote, vote, vote.


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