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Originally published: 2013-02-25 14:14:23
Last modified: 2013-02-25 14:14:24

Irene Faye Ward

Irene Faye Ward, 77 of Morganton, a native and former resident of Watauga County, died Saturday morning, Feb. 23, 2013, at Grace Hospital in Morganton.

Irene was born March 14, 1935, in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Edd and Hazel Tester Ward. She was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Irene is survived by two brothers, Junior Ward and wife, Mildred, of Zionville, and Chalmer Ward of Wilkesboro. She is also survived by two aunts; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, James R. Tester.

Funeral services for Irene Faye Ward will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1 to 2 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor T.J. Wilson. Burial will follow in the Don Ward Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 3013, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

On-line condolences may be sent to the Ward family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.