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Rev. Ronald Ward: Conway

1944 – 2018

     The Lord decided to take his under sheppard, Rev. Ronald Woodrow Ward, home to glory on December 14. He was 74.

     Born Jan. 25, 1944 in Loris, he was the son of the late Eugene Vance Ward and the late Thelma Sawyer Ward.

     At a very young age, Rev. Ward, as he would come to be known, began delivering papers for Atlantic Publishing Company. He went on to work for many years as a salesman of paper products before starting his own company, Loris Paper & Chemicals.

     He was a devout pastor at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Georgetown for 38 years, and he was passionate about both mission and disaster relief ministry trips.

     Rev. Ward was a dedicated member, and former president and consultant for the Bivocational & Small Church Network. He will be most affectionately remembered as the best pig cooker around and a two time chicken bog champion at the Loris Bog-Off Festival.

     Survivors include his loving wife, Susan Moore Ward of the home; four sons, Rex Ward and wife Terri of Ninety-Six, Ritchie Ward and wife Christi of Tiptonville, Tennessee, Rusty Lowery and wife Kim of Myrtle Beach, and Kevin Lowery and wife Amy of Canton; two daughters, Samantha Ward Norris and husband Coy Lee Norris, Jr. of Loris, and Kristi Lowery and Doug Ladeaux of New York, New York; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, LeVerne Ward and wife LeJeune of Loris; and a sister, Sara Gene Sullivan of Hartsville.

     In addition to his parents, Reverend Ward was predeceased by one brother, Gene Keith Ward.

     Family planned to receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at Hardwick Funeral Home in Loris, and again from 1 until 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Georgetown.

     Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Georgetown, committal services following at the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery.

     Family requests that memorials be made to Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 18504 North Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 or to the Bivocational & Small Church Network, PO Box 111744, Nashville, TN 37222-1744 or on their website at

     A guest register is available here.