Bonnie Ward
October 5, 1947 - January 6, 2022

Bonnie Ward, 74, of Beaufort, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 6, 2022. A native of Beaufort, NC, she was the daughter of the late Jack Ward and Thelma Player Ward. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was social worker who specialized in treatment of alcohol and drug addiction, an issue that she had a passion for in helping others recover. Bonnie was a member of Ann Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort, NC.

She is survived by her son, Richard Ward Tobin of Buford, GA; and her cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Ward Schofield Davis.

A private service will be held at a later date.

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Coastal Cremations of Jacksonville is serving the family.


  • Barbara Ward Grissom Posted January 11, 2022 9:47 pm

    The news of Bonnie’s death came as a surprise. I was not prepared for such news. I will miss our telephone conversations. We talked often – reminiscing and laughing.

    Bonnie often talked about Beaufort (NC). She loved living in Beaufort. She would tell me about her friends and neighbors. Each year she shared every detail about Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ann Street United Methodist Church. She was not always mobile, but she prepared her dish and made her way to the church to help serve others. Bonnie’s favorite activity was “Soups On” at the Church, a monthly lunch during the Fall. She would carefully prepare her soups always trying for a different twist to go home with an empty pot. Bonnie was a good cook.

    Bonnie was also a prolific reader. She introduced me to Nancy Drew. She loved going to the public library to roam the stacks finding books to read. She read various genres as long as they were in the printed format. She did not cotton to electronic books at all.

    Bonnie loved her parents, Jack and Thelma Ward. She loved her sister, Nancy. She loved her extended family of cousins in South Carolina and on the West Coast. Most of all she was proud of her son, Ward Tobin. Ward’s accomplishments in the military and life were her proudest moments. His visits were special occasions.

    We were “double first cousins.” Our mothers were sisters; our fathers were brothers. This gave us cause to feel special, and we were very close. Her absence is already felt.

  • Robert and Jamie Ward Posted January 11, 2022 10:32 pm

    Bonnie will be missed. Prayers for all of her family.

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