Elllis Sterling Ward Jr., 84, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at the Lower Cape Fear Life-Care. Sterling was born Sept. 27, 1937, in Columbus County to the late Ellis Sterling Ward and Nellie Gore Ward. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jean Ward.
Sterling worked as a supervisor with Georgia Pacific for 27 years. He was a member of Old Dock Methodist Church.
His funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Old Dock Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Sides officiating. The family will receive friends from 1- 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McKenzie Mortuary, 112 Jefferson St. is serving the Ward family.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Cathy W. Simmons (Lynn) of Chadbourn; two sons, Robert Ward (Melinda) and David Ward (Kay), both of Whiteville; two sisters, Faye Gore of Nakina and Blanche W. Marlowe of Whiteville; four grandchildren, Robert Ward Jr., Justin Ward, Christina W. Clark and Amber Simmons; and five great-grandchildren.