The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


July 11, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, July 12, 2012


Charles Samuel Ward

Charles Samuel Ward, 88, of Price Hill, died June 30, 2012, after battling a long illness.

Born Dec. 8, 1923, at Greenwood Mountain, Lawton, he was the son of the late Davis and Ora Ward. Charles also was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Beulah Mae Poe Ward; his beloved son, Charles Layton Ward; brothers, Franklin Ward, Billy Ward, Gilbert Ward and Willard Ward; and  sisters, Audrey Call, Joy Bowles, and Arlena Ward.

Charles served as the Sunday school superintendent and adult Sunday school teacher at the Price Hill Freewill Baptist Church for 19 years and at the North Sand Branch Freewill Baptist Church for 15 years. Charles has been a member of the Maple Fork Baptist Church since the early 1990s.

He was a proud and devoted member of the United Mine Workers of America and recently obtained recognition as a 70-year member with the presentation of a 70-Year Membership Pin presented to him at the UMWA headquarters at Raleigh Hill, Beckley, by Everett Acord, president of Local No. 7086. Charles also served as an officer for the UMWA Safety and Mine Committee for many years. He was blessed with 42 1/2 years of employment as an underground coal miner and a survivor of the 1966 Siltix Mine explosion at Mount Hope. He retired from the New River Coal Company in 1982.

Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, going to flea markets and would spend endless hours woodworking in his workshop. Most importantly, he enjoyed serving the Lord and was a devoted father and husband and had a great appreciation for the importance of family.

Surviving: his daughters, Theresa Pittman and husband Benny of Maple Fork Road, and Judy Dunbar and husband Henry of Beckley; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services were July 6 at the Maple Fork Baptist Church, Mount Hope, with Pastor Jim Bowyer and Dean Russell, Charles’ grandson, officiating. Burial followed at the Garden of Everlasting Life located within Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family asks that donations be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 456 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, W.Va.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

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