Nora Vermell Ward

May 9, 2013 

Miss Nora Vermell Ward, 92, of 101 Wilson Street, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Mary Gran Nursing Center.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Epworth United Methodist Church in Clinton with the Reverend Dalma Cribb and the Reverend Dorothy Rudd officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Born in Sampson County, near Clinton, Miss Ward was the daughter of the late Royce Ward and Pearl Carter Ward of Clinton. She grew up in Duplin and Sampson Counties, graduated from Ingold High School in 1938 and received further education from Hardbarger Business College and Sampson County Community College. Her first employment (after farm work) was the Federal National Youth Administration, followed by a 40 year career with the US Department of Agriculture (ASCS) beginning in 1942. She received numerous recognitions and awards as a USDA employee. Upon retirement from the USDA in 1982, she was immediately employed by Sampson County and retired from the County Tax Office in 2007. She had 65 years of continuous employment.

In addition to her employment, she was very active in Epworth United Methodist Church, serving over time on about every committee of the church and was the treasurer of the then Clinton Methodist Circuit (three churches) for 51 years. She also served as President of the area’s Business and Professional Women’s Group and served on the board of the Clinton Crisis Center. During retirement she was an information volunteer in the Sampson County Courthouse. A fully committed Christian, she dedicated her life to her family, her church, her employers and the community. Her life was a life well lived. She was predeceased by brothers, Harold, Norell (her twin), Swain, William (“Billy”), and Curtis.

She is survived by a brother, Wilton Ward (Peggy) of Annandale, VA; her nieces, Connie Bass (Myron) of Clinton, LeAnne Brant (Frank) of Virginia Beach, Gloria Hinson (Randy) of Mooresville, Demetrice Denning (Joseph) of Dunn, Alison Kindt (Michael) of Raleigh; her nephews, Stephen Ward (Patti) of Manassas, VA and Linward Ward (Debbie) of Clinton.

The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 at Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home in Clinton and other times at 101 Wilson Street, Clinton, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Epworth United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 5876 Garland Highway, Clinton, NC 28328.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville St., Clinton, NC 28328.

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