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Lawrence Barrington Ward, 74

JANUARY 20 — Lawrence Barrington Ward, 74, of Farmville, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was born in Farmville to the late Eugene J. and Elsie Estelle Keaton Ward on October 15, 1940. He grew up in the Farmville area and met and married Joyce Garrett Ward, they were married for 47 years.

Mr. Ward worked as a lineman cable splicer, storeroom cable splicer and Installation Supervisor for Sprint/Centel/Virginia Telephone Telegraph for 41 years before he retired. He was very community minded and served in the National Guard Reserves for 10 years, was a charter member of the Prince Edward Rescue Squad, an active member of the local Moose Lodge for over 20 years, a volunteer with the Special Olympics, and active member of the Farmville United Methodist Church on the building and grounds committee and in the UMC men’s group.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters, Michelle Parker (Bill) of Virginia Beach and Melissa Ward of Farmville; two grandchildren, Erin and Mathew Parker; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” W. Torrence of Appomattox; sisters-in-law, Lee Nell Ward, Ann Ward and Joyce Ward; and a brother-in-law, Melvin Covington of Farmville. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Michael L. Ward, brothers, Eugene Ward, Robert A. “Bobby” Ward, and Eddie Ward, two sisters, Nell W. Sanderson and husband, Jesse and Martha W. Covington.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 20 in the Farmville United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmville United Methodist Church Roof Fund, 204 High Street, Farmville, VA 23901.

Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, served the family. www.puckettfh.com