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First Christian Church of Marion
Saturday April 9th, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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First Christian Church of Marion
Saturday April 9th, 2022

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Oak Grove Cemetery
Saturday April 9th, 2022

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Robert "Spike" Earl Ward

Robert “Spike” Earl Ward, 76, of Morganton, North Carolina, passed away Friday, April 01, 2022.


He was born in McDowell County on November 06, 1945 to the late Charlie Hampton Ward and Louise Austin Ward. He is also preceded in death by a brother, Dickie Ward.


Robert was a lifelong truck driver, and he thoroughly enjoyed his work. He had a love for traveling. Robert was a train enthusiast, and he once traveled full circle around the United States with his family by train. Robert was someone who cared and loved his family and grandchildren in unique ways such as attending impactful life experiences alongside and with them.


Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Catherine “Katie” Whitesides Ward; two children, Eric Ward and wife, Courtney Hollifield Ward and Joy McCall and husband, Thomas; and three grandchildren, Amber McCall, Dallas McCall, and Danielle Ward.


A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at First Christian Church of Marion with Rev. Don Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m.

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My Dear and Sweet Catherine,
Robert was the reason I got to know you. I had known Robert since Sunday School at the First Baptist Church in Marion. We were little then but became big friends. Our Sunday School teacher always took us to Lake James once a month in the summer if we; one, attended Sunday School and two, if we knew our lesson for the week. We were able to swim and fish and be little boys.
Although Robert was younger than I we still kept up with each other through high school.
Our paths parted after high school and we reunited much later at the Western North Carolina State Fair. Same Robert, but the bonus was he had married you and you were always with him.
Catherine, you were so kind to give my wife jewelry you had hand made yourself. Lydia loved it. So thoughtful.
Robert was an instant hit with Lydia and she loved seeing you both each year.
I got too old to be wrestling drunks so I retired from the fair in 2010. But Robert and I, as you know, kept in touch from then on. Whether it be a card or a call from somewhere in the US I had never heard of. He called often to tell me where he was headed and what he was hauling that trip in his truck.
I loved his story about making a delivery in downtown New York City. It went without a hitch.
Or the story about making a delivery to New Orleans after a hurricane.
Interstate Highway was closed and all the road signs were blown down on two lane highways. But he made it there and back. No GPS back then either.
Along the way you raised two wonderful children.
I don't think either of us set out to be friends with each other for life, it just worked out that way. For that, I am a better person and will miss Robert dearly.
I know through watching and being around you both how much you will miss Robert.
Lydia and I can only offer our condolences for your loss.
Bill and Lydia Matthews

Bill Matthews Apr 16 2022 3:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert "Spike" Ward

Dennis & Brenda Killough Apr 8 2022 12:45 PM

I knew Robert for over 30 years and he was a great friend and driver! I am so very sorry for you loss! I will be praying for Catherine and the family! 🙏

Raymond Mathies Apr 7 2022 5:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert "Spike" Ward

Johnny Styles Apr 7 2022 10:50 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert "Spike" Ward

Bruce Kamann Apr 6 2022 6:22 PM

Sorry to hear about Robert I talked to Robert every day for past 15 years sure will be missed rest in peace

Bruce kamann Apr 6 2022 6:17 PM

My heart goes out to Robert's family. There's no place on the road's that Robert didnt know. I never needed a GPS I would just call Robert and he could tell me exactly where I was at and where I needed to stop and eat at. I will miss my dear family friend and trucking buddy!

DIana Harmon Apr 6 2022 6:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert "Spike" Ward

Diana Harmon (Dana Fish) Apr 6 2022 5:59 PM

Am so sorry about robert he was a good friend for over 25 years may God bless u and family

Benny bennett Apr 6 2022 5:25 PM

I'm so very sorry for the loss of Robert. The whole family is in my thoughts. I know he will be missed terribly by all.

Cindy Wilson Upright Apr 5 2022 10:08 PM

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