Annie Christine Ward

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HICKORY- Mrs. Christine Church Ward, 89, of Hickory, went into the arms of Jesus peacefully on Saturday April 26, 2014 at Carolina Rehab of Burke, after a period of declining health.
Mrs. Ward was born Oct. 3, 1924, in Burke County, a daughter of the late Clyde Mathis Church, Sr. and Guylar Mae Hart Church. She was a faithful member of Warlicks Baptist Church and retired from the textile industry as a seamstress. She enjoyed outings with the LLL Club (senior citizens) of the Church.
In additional to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Beverly "Bill" Ward, a son Clyde Dale Ward, a sister, Ruby C. Deal, a brother, Clyde Church, Jr. and a step-grandson, Daniel "Danny" Grindstaff.
Surviving are her two daughters, Linda Ward Cook Grindstaff and husband Larry of Rhodhiss, Beverly Ann Ward Teague and husband James of Baton, a sister, Leona Church Brown of Connelly Springs, a brother, Lewis Church of Longview. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Thomas Larry "Tommy" Cook, Jr., David Keith Cook, Lisa Cook Queen, step grandchild, Terri Leigh Grindstaff, step great-grandchild, Brandi Grindstaff, , step-grandchildren, Paula Grindstaff Adkins, Cheryl Lucenda Morray Aldridge, step-great-grandchildren, Breanna Dawn Morray, Brook Lee Aldridge and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Christine Ward will be held at 3 p.m. Monday April 28, 2014, at Warlicks Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Murry officiating. Interment will follow in the Hart Family Cemetery, Longview.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m.. until 3 p.m. Monday at Warlicks Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Warlicks Baptist Church, 2684 Warlicks Church Rd., Connelly Springs, NC 2612.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at
Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the Ward family.
Published in Shelby Star on Apr. 27, 2014
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