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Kim Hartsell Ward

Kim Hartsell Ward, aged 64, died on May 4, 2020. He was born August 17, 1955 in Durham, NC to Philip M. and Marguerite Hartsell Ward. Kim was raised in Durham and went to Morehead Elementary, Rogers Herr Junior High and Hillside High Schools. Kim finished high school at Christchurch School in Christchurch, VA, and attended college at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where he played both lacrosse and soccer. Kim’s experiences and friendships at Christchurch and Guilford had a lasting impact on his life. Kim had just finished his first year of college when his father, Philip Ward, died in a private airplane crash on May 18, 1974. His father was the owner of Ward Furniture Company in downtown Durham, a small store with two employees. Kim felt strongly that he should do what he could to keep the business running in his father’s absence. Kim worked at the store for nearly a year until his mother sold the business and Kim returned to college. While at Guilford, Kim met Emily Leight, his wife of 43 years, and they were married in 1977 at Mt. Pleasant Church in Tanglewood Park. Kim and Emily moved to a beautiful property in Rockingham County where they have lived for 20 years. They named it Meadowbrook Farm and hosted family and friends for many beautiful holidays and celebrations. Kim loved maintaining and enhancing the property, and used his skills as a licensed general contractor (Tide Up Construction) to build barns and pens for their dogs, chickens, goats and donkey, and sheds for his equipment and tools. His last major project was to move and renovate an old tobacco barn. Kim worked for 25 years with Environmental Air Systems. Kim worked as both superintendent and project manager for EAS. He retired in April of 2019. He will be missed as a valued and dedicated EAS family member. Kim was an avid duck hunter and saltwater fisherman. Later in life he became a voracious reader: sitting in a blind, combining reading and hunting was a favorite pastime. Kim was a generous man of few words with a sharp wit, and when he spoke it was direct, with integrity and sincerity. He was a guardian of family traditions. He was a dedicated husband and a reliable son, son-in-law, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Kim is survived by his wife, Emily; two brothers and spouses, Philip (Karen) Ward, Jr., and Jon (Dawn) Ward; mother-in-law, Elaine Leight; two sisters-in-law, Mary Leight (Bart Engram) and Laney (Greg) Golden; niece, Kelly Ward; nephew, Mason Ward; cousin Curtis (Diane) Adams and their children, Ashley, Tyler, Codey and Addison. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Kim, the family suggests one of the following: Ducks Unlimited: https://www.ducks.org/support/donateOnlineSecure.aspx?promoKey=MemorialHonorGiving&ID =4889 Hospice of Rockingham County: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/HospiceofRockinghamCounty/Memorial.html Please indicate that you would like a notification of your gift to be sent to jonward@alumni.duke.edu.

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So sad to hear that Kim has passed! Kim was a good friend! We were in the same class together at Christ Church School. Played soccer together and shared may experiences. I will see you in the great By and By Kim! Respectfully, Carter Carter Budwell

LEIGH Carter BUDWELL Aug 26 2020 5:14 PM

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John Jarrett May 31 2020 6:41 PM

This is actually Curtis, Codey, and Uncle Kim.

Ashley Adams May 29 2020 8:20 PM

Uncle Kim made sure all of the Adams kids knew what was important family, nature, and Duke. Tyler with uncle Kim at the shooting class they took together Tyler 1997 with Kim at the beach Kim and Emily with Tyler wearing outfit from Kim 1989 Kim And Tyler quiet time 1989 at the beach Kim teaching Tyler the finer points of boating 1989

Ashley Adams May 29 2020 8:18 PM

Curtis, Tyler, and Uncle Kim with his boat, all Tide-Up

Ashley Adams May 29 2020 8:14 PM

Codey, Uncle Kim, and Addison at Unckle Kims Pumpkin Patch

Ashley Adams May 29 2020 8:12 PM

Love you Uncle Kim. ~Miss Giggy

Ashley Adams May 29 2020 7:39 PM

Uncle Kim and Myself. He had a way with keeping the simple things in life important teaching me young.

Ashley Adams May 29 2020 7:21 PM

I will miss you my friend. I always said that coming to your place to hunt was like being in Paradise. More a waterfowl man than turkey hunter either way thanks for the memories!

Winston Chance May 29 2020 3:26 PM

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