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Gwendolyn Ward Callis of Saluda, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Oct. 3, 2021. Gwen was born on Sept. 7, 1929 in Hampton, Virginia. and graduated from Hampton High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James B. Forrest and Mary L. Forrest; her husbands, Rev. Duane H. Ward and Robert H. (Bo) Callis; her sisters, Julia Francis (Tancy) Parron, Imogene (Gene) Taylor, and her brother, Robert B. (Buddy) Forrest.

She is survived by her children, Michael Ward (Violetta), Richard Ward and Terry Haywood; grandchildren, Kris Ward (Shelley), Keith Ward (Susan), Kelsey Briggs (Devon), Christina Ward and Christopher Ward; great-grandchildren, Ella Ward, Emily Ward, D.J. Briggs and Liam Briggs; sisters, Marion Counts (Butch), Charlotte Spencer, Mary Lou Wood (Ham), and multiple nieces and nephews.

She spent 38 years as a volunteer at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. She was a devoted Christian, proud loving wife of two veterans, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel who will be truly missed here on earth.

Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 10 at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, from 2-3 p.m., followed by procession to the graveside at Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church, Warner, Va. The service will be conducted by Pastor Carol Bookwalter.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, (P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, Va. 23175). Please visit to send your condolences.


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