Verna Bright Gilliam Ward

Verna Bright Gilliam Ward, 90, of Inman, SC passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Verna was born in Henderson County, NC on Monday, May 23, 1932, to the late Charles Pinkney Bright and Leona Jones.  Verna is also preceded in death by her husbands, Charles Gilliam and Elmer “Babe” Ward; siblings, Ida Hill, Lucille Jones, Daisy Bright, Frank Bright, Joe Bright, Herman Bright, Velma Bell; and her precious grandson, Justin Stepp.

Verna had a passion for teaching piano and taught for over twenty years.  She was also a member of Saluda First Baptist Church in Saluda, NC.  Her church was her life!

Verna is survived by her daughter, Linda Gilliam Patterson of Inman, SC; grandchildren, Ryan A. Stepp (Stacie) and Heather Stepp Allen; great-grandchildren, Ryan Jr. (Megan), Kendall, Gabriel, Isaac, Shelby, Grace, Kayden, and Killian; great-great-granddaughter, Isabella, her morning sunshine; and many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.

Friends will be received at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville, NC on Monday, June 20, 2022 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 am.  Rev. Tony Reese and Rev. Roger Bright are officiating.  The interment will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Agape Care Hospice of South Carolina or any domestic violence agency.

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