LimaThe Rev. Corey Sue Lawrence Ward, 46, died at 8:25 p.m. March 19, 2011, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.She was born Sept. 24, 1964, in Lima to Leroy and Minnie Davis Lawrence. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Lima. On Aug. 27, 1983, she married the Rev. Dr. Dennis M. Ward, who survives in Lima.The Rev. Mrs. Ward was an Army veteran, serving six years as an administrative specialist and received the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. She had been a substitute teacher for Lima City and Shawnee schools. She had been a chaplain for the Market Place Chaplains. She was the founder and owner of YEROC Enterprises, which she considered among her greatest accomplishments.She was a 1982 graduate of Shawnee High School and received her bachelor's degree in English in 2001 from The Ohio State University. Also in 2001, she was ordained as a minister at World Harvest Ministries, Columbus. Her passion was spreading the gospel through her books, singing and giving of her time. She authored three books and recorded two compact discs. She was a member of Second Baptist Church, where she lovingly served and supported her husband as the first lady of the church, was a member of the choir, and taught alongside her husband as a Sunday school teacher.She enjoyed traveling with her family and meeting new people. She was known as a giver of her time and talents. She volunteered with various local agencies including the United Way, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Black Achievers, Positive Life Styles, Channel 44 and sang at several functions. She was a member of BMA and GMA. She volunteered at the Dove Awards, Gospel Music Awards and the National Power Networking Business conferences. She will forever be remembered as a loving wife, a praying mother, and a faithful friend of God.Survivors also include two daughters, Shantel M. Ward, of Atlanta, and Courtney N. Ward, of Augusta, Ga.; and five brothers, Walter Lawrence, of Barnesville, Ga., Brady Lawrence, of Lima, Lacey Lawrence, of Denver, Calvin (Kim) Lawrence, of Orlando, Fla., and Andy (Bernice) Lawrence, of Lima.Services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at Philippian Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. B. LaMont Monford will officiate with Dr. Cedric Fowler delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church, where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m.Condolences may be sent to JonesClarkFH@aol.com.The family offers a special thank-you to Vernice Gibson, of Augusta, Ga., and Jacqueline Oneal, of Lima, for imparting motherly wisdom and love to her when she needed it most. Also, thanks to the nurses and spiritual care department at St. Rita's Medical Center for their holistic care.Arrangements are by Jones-Clark Funeral Home.
The Rev. Corey Sue Lawrence Ward