Bobbie Jo Beckworth Ward, 75, of Marion, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019, at her home following several years of declining health.

A native of Kingstree, S.C., Bobbie Jo was born Jan. 25, 1944, to the late Bobbie L. Beckworth and Thelma Dorminy Beckworth. She and her husband moved to McDowell County when his work took them there and she enjoyed working in several retail ladies' clothing stores in Marion before retiring to care for her grandchildren. A faithful member of Greenlee Baptist Church, she also sang in the choir. She loved her family more than anything and was the embodiment of a true lady; kind, caring, self-sacrificing and generous.

She was loved by all who knew her and she will be deeply missed. She leaves behind her loving husband of 56 years, L McCoy Ward; two sons, Bobby Ward and wife, Jill, and Scott Ward, all of Marion; a brother, Allison Beckworth and wife, Yoshiko, of Dalzell, S.C.; two grandsons, Jake and Will Ward; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, James Beckworth, preceded her in death.

A service of remembrance and celebration of her life will take place today (Tuesday, April 16), at 2 p.m., at Greenlee Baptist Church, with the Revs. Ned Webb and Ricky Mason officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will follow at McDowell Memorial Park.

Flowers are appreciated, however, those desiring to make a memorial contribution in her memory are encouraged to consider Greenlee Baptist Church, 5967 Hwy. 70 West, Old Fort, NC 28762.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

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