Doris Hewett Ward, 84, ‘had great cookouts that people still talk about today’

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Doris Hewett Ward
Doris Hewett Ward

Doris Hewett Ward, 84, of Wilmington, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at her home surrounded by family. She was born in Supply on November 2, 1931, daughter of the late Arthur and LInnie Hewett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Ward; grandson, Chris Johnson; five sisters, Viola Hewett, Mattie Fulford, Euzenia Lewis, Ruby Clemmons and Helen Ann Hewett. She was also preceded in death by her fiancé of 18 years, Bill Stephens.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam Johnson, and her husband, Dexter; one son, Frank Jr., and his wife, Jill; three grandchildren, Matt Johnson, Alex Ward and Allison Ward; loving sister, Ella Raye Insco; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marvin and Retha Ward; best friend, Madeline Kelly; special cousin, Billy Shaw; and several nieces, nephews and cousins who she loved dearly.

Doris was a devoted wife to Frank for almost 45 years until his sudden death in 1995 while on vacation in Hawaii. They had a wonderful life together while raising their children, their church activities and spending time with family and friends. They loved to fish and had great cookouts that people still talk about today. She loved her family. She was ‘Nana’ to her grandchildren. She was so proud of them and always looked forward to their visits.

Doris met Bill Stevens and developed a sweet relationship with him. They enjoyed traveling, gardening, church activities, going out to eat and especially visits with friends and family. She loved Bill’s family as her own.

Doris was a faithful member of Lake Forest Baptist church for 60 years. She sang in the choir, played the piano, and participated in many roles in the church. She will be best remembered for all activities involving food and fellowship.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, at Lake Forest Baptist Church. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Dale Sutton, Billy Insco, Michael Insco, O.J. Atkinson, Freddy Harrell and Josef Jacobson.

The family is appreciative of all kindness and support they received from friends and family during the past nine months.

Flowers are welcomed, or memorial gifts may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401; or Lake Forest Baptist Church, 1626 Lake Branch Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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