First Posted: 6/11/2009
MOUNT AIRY Ms. Ashley Denise Ward, 24, of 199 Lynnewood Drive, Mount Airy, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, in Forsyth County. She was born in Forsyth County on April 12, 1985, to George William Franklin and Judy Ward Padilla. She was a graduate of Mount Airy Senior High School, Mount Airy. She also attend Wilkes Community College where she played basketball. She leaves to cherish her memories the little joy of her life, Brytin Ward; stepfather, Apolinar Padilla of Mount Airy; grandmother, Almarie Franklin of Galax, Va.; great-grandmother, Arnell Thompson of Mount Airy; four sisters, Eriena (Todd) Ryan of Mount Airy, Brittany Franklin and Ciera Franklin, both of Goldsboro, and Jakia Chaplin of Winston-Salem; one brother, Justin Ward of Mount Airy; seven aunts, Bessie Louise Ward of Gastonia, Emma Ward of Winston-Salem, Shirley (Monroe) Roberts of Mount Airy, Elsie (Dwayne) Moore of Mount Airy, Bonita (Jose) Santiago of Dobson, Joy (Lashela) Ward of Mount Airy and Lisa (Mike) Ceesay of Columbus, Ohio; four uncles, Edward Ward of Columbus, Ohio, David (Lisa) Franklin of Greenville, Robert (Natasha) Franklin of Winston-Salem and Justin (Tonya) Rawley of Mount Airy; one niece, Taylin Ward of Mount Airy; four nephews, Ryan Ward, Javaun Ryan, Caleb Ryan and Jeru Speaks; two great-aunts, Marie Ceaser of Mount Airy and Janice Thompson of Sanford; and special friends, Santana Revels and David Gregg. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Annie Mozelle Ward; grandfathers, James Ward and Gleen Franklin; one brother, Bradley Ward; and one aunt, Betty Marie Franklin. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, June 15, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Mount Airy Middle School, 249 Hamburg St., Mount Airy. Dr. W.E. Martin will be the eulogist. Burial will follow in the Glade Family Cemetery, Galax, Va. Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service. The family may be contacted at the home of her mother and stepfather, 199 Lynnewood Drive, Mount Airy. Spencer Funeral Directors are in charge of all services and arrangements.