Hendersonville – Raymond Clifton Ward, age 88, of Hendersonville, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Carolina Village Medical Center after a period of declining health. He was born on December 11, 1925 to the late William Henry Ward and Nellie Carr Byers Ward both decedents of Henderson County and Buncombe County respectfully. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Edwards Ward on August 12, 2005; one grandson, Raymond Spenser Wilson on October 21, 1995; four sisters, Caroline Ward, Faye W. McClure Templeton, Daisy Bell W. McCarty, Mildred W. Smith Hill, as well as one brother, Kenneth B. Ward.
“Clifton” graduated from Candler High School as the Class Valedictorian in 1943. He not only excelled academically, but was a well rounded athlete as well. He was also the recipient of the school’s Good Citizen Award that recognized his perfect attendance throughout his education.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army to fight for his country serving in the 100th Infantry Division. He was shot just outside Strasbourg, France at the tender age of 19 while out on a scouting mission. He returned to Fort Benning, GA to recuperate and was awarded two of the highest honors for his bravery, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After his discharge from the service in June of 1946, he resumed his education at the University of New Mexico. He then transferred on the G.I. Bill to Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering on June 12, 1950 again with honors.
He returned home to the mountains of Western North Carolina and began a career with America Enka Company as a technical assistant in the research department. It was not long after he began working at the plant that he met and married the love of his life, Frances Edwards. They were married on February 22, 1952 in the Trinity Episcopal Church of Asheville. “The Young All American” Ward family moved to Morristown, TN when “Clifton” was transferred to the Enka Plant in Lowland, Tn. as the Production Manager of the Nylon-Polyester Filament Plant. He moved back to the Enka Plant in 1983 until his retirement with the company, then known as BSAF, after 37 years of dedicated service retiring as the Manager of the Nylon Plant.
He was a dedicated husband, father and gave endless hours of service to his fellow man. He was a former active member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown, TN where he also served on their Vestry. He was also a former member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher and as well as a member of All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River, serving as a member of both Vestries. He was very active in the United Way campaign in Morristown TN. and served as their Campaign Chairman as well as their President of their Board of Directors. He also served as a Commissioner of the Morristown, TN. Housing Authority. After retirement, you could always find “Clifton” enjoying the outdoors, either gardening or playing a round of golf or trout fishing.. He loved to travel with Frances and cherished the numerous family outings over the years. Throughout his entire life he remained humble and caring to all.
His survivors include his wife Revonda Cable Ward, two sons, William Daniel Ward of White Pine, TN, Robert Matthew Ward and his wife Rachel of Baneberry, TN and his daughter, Catherine Rebecca Ward Wilson of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, William Clifton Ward of Baneberry TN, Alexander Cortner Wilson of Knoxville, TN, Matthew Cooper Wilson of Knoxville, TN. and his beloved only granddaughter, Rebecca Danielle Ward, of Baneberry, TN.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel with Father David Garrett officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher. The family will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the committal service.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org; or to the National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1691, Merrifield, VA 22116, www.nwf.org.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.