William Jennings Ward, Jr.

September 23, 1929 - February 21, 2024
William Jennings Ward, Jr.

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William Jennings “Bill” Ward, Jr., 94, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Care Center of Carolina Village in Hendersonville, NC. A native of Henderson County, he was born in the Bobs Creek area and was the only child of William Jennings Ward, Sr. and Agnes Hawkins Ward.

Bill attended Henderson County Public Schools and graduated from Blue Ridge School for Boys in 1947. The following year, he became a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1951, amid the Korean War conflict, he left college to enlist in the United States Air Force. During his time in service, he was stationed at bases in Ohio, Texas, and South Carolina. He later returned to UNC-Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Relations.

After graduation, he worked for Aetna Casualty & Insurance Company in various locations throughout the United States, and, in 1956, he returned to his beloved hometown of Hendersonville. Shortly afterward, he began working in the pro shop of the Hendersonville Country Club. In 1957, Bill married the love of his life, Barbara Bennett; that same year, he became the general manager of the Hendersonville Country Club.

On two separate occasions, Bill briefly paused his tenure at the Club to pursue business ventures within the construction industry. In the early 1970s, he worked at P. T. Green Construction Company. In the 1980s, he started Fairway Development Company and was a developer of condominiums and new residential construction. He was also a real estate broker. Despite his success in construction and real estate, by far his favorite job was working in his managerial role at the Hendersonville Country Club. His passion was ensuring the Club was a financially strong and thriving organization to be enjoyed by its members. He held that position for close to 40 years until his retirement in 2002.

Bill was also active within the local community. He was a commissioner for the Town of Laurel Park and served on the Laurel Park ABC Board. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville for eighty-five years and was a long-time member of the Four Seasons Club.

His life is best defined by his love for his family, his humbleness and integrity, his loyalty to his friends, and his devotion to his career. He was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Barbara Ward; three children, son Jennings Ward (Kathleen), daughter Shelley Ward, and daughter Christy Ward Tinsley (Mike) all of Hendersonville, NC; nine grandchildren: William Ward of Charlotte, NC, Griffin Moreno of Sisters, OR, Christian Cagle, Ethan Cagle, Cecelia Cagle, and Chandler Tinsley Robertson (Seth) all of Hendersonville, NC, Ashlyn Tinsley of Greenville, SC, Turner Tinsley (Jamie) of Birmingham, AL, and Maggie Tinsley Barber (Charlie) of Monterey, CA.

A private graveside service will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2024. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church Hendersonville, 312 5th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

Memorial Service

Sunday, March 10, 2024
2:00 PM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739

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  • March 04, 2024
    Jeff and Lauren Roper says:
    What a great man. Thanks Mr. Ward for all you did.

  • March 03, 2024
    Linda Sizemore Burrell says:
    I am so sorry for Bill's family's loss. My dad, Millard Sizemore worked many years for Bill in all of the building in Laurel Park. Daddy thought the world of Bill's son, Jennings.