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Gwendolyn Callis

December 31, 1969 — October 3, 2021

Gwendolyn Ward Callis went home to be with the Lord peacefully on October 3rd, 2021. Gwen was born on September 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, October 10th at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, VA from 2pm – 3pm., followed by procession to the graveside at Forest 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.) Please visit to send your condolences.
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Sunday, October 10, 2021

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel

15 C F Edwards Lane, Saluda, VA 23149

Visitation will be held from 2-3:00 p.m., then processing from the funeral home to Forest Chapel United Methodist Church for the graveside

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Starts at 3:30 pm (Eastern time)

Forest Chapel United Methodist Church

316 Forest Chapel Road, Saluda, VA 23149

Graveside at Forest Chapel United Methodist Church

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