Reflection of Life
In Loving Memory of Ms. Geraldine Davis Ward
“For I am ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight! I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:6-7
Mrs. Geraldine Davis Ward, made her final transition on Friday, September 23, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Geraldine was born on July 31,1931 to Julius Willie Davis and Mary Evans Davis. She was married to the late Harton T. Ward, Sr. and to this union one beloved son was born, Harton T. Ward, Jr.
Geraldine graduated from Rosedale High School, Birmingham, AL. Upon graduation, she furthered her education and was employed as a LPN for 30 years at Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL. Many families entrusted her with the care of their loved ones and her skilled and devoted work was never forgotten. After retiring, she continued to do private duty until she relocated in 2009 to Columbia, SC to reside with her caring son and family. Here she remained until God called her home.
At an early age, she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was a longtime member of Seventh Avenue Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL. There, she served as a faithful member in various capacities. Geraldine was an avid reader of the Holy Word. Upon moving to Columbia, SC she attended Brookland Baptist Church, West Columbia, every Sunday until her health began to fail.
“Gerry” as her family and many friends knew her, was loved by all. Whenever asked how she was doing, whether feeling bad or good, her response would always be, “God has been good to me!” Her style for dressing and her sassy demeanor made her a woman of distinction. She was very outspoken and her laugh was contagious. She mended many afflictions with her smile and a heart full of love.
Geraldine loved the Lord! Along with reading The Holy Word, she loved CNN, crossword puzzles, coffee, and a honey bun on a daily basis. She possessed fond memories of being a member of a Social Club while in Birmingham, AL. She reminisced about how she and the ladies would meet weekly at different ones houses to interchange pleasantries, play games, and fellowship with each other. Before her health failed, she loved attending Seven Oaks Community Center in Columbia, SC. She looked forward to going daily to interact with others and to play her favorite game; Bingo. Geraldine was an excellent cook. She was known for preparing wonderful meals for the delight of others.
Geraldine was predeceased by one sister, Julia Salters, Houston, TX, and a bonus son, Brian Flourney, Atlanta, GA.
She leaves to cherish precious memories: The apple of her eye; her devoted and loving son, Harton T. Ward and his beautiful wife, Deborah, whom she regarded as her daughter, of the home; Two loving sisters: Eunice Harris, Columbia, SC, and Vannie Battle, Dayton, Ohio; three bonus daughters who she adored: Theresa Dixon, and Tracey Jackson, Birmingham, AL, and Kayode Ward, Atlanta, GA; 10 beautiful grandchildren; 7 darling great-grandchildren; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She will also be deeply missed by Betty Owens, also of the home, who assisted Harton and Deborah in caring for her and loved her like a sister.