Pitt County School Board Member Dies

Pitt County School Board member Matthew Ward has passed away according to school officials.

In a press release school officials said, "It is with extreme sadness that Pitt County Schools acknowledges the untimely death of school Board member Matthew Ward." No further information has been given on how Ward died.

School Board Chair Billy Peaden said, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Matthew Ward. He was a caring and dedicated school board member who always advocated for the people of Pitt County Schools. His voice will be missed."

Superintendent Dr. Beverly Emory said, ""Matthew exemplified a servant of God, always positive, never complained despite his own health challenges, and always about the children. He set a good example for all of us in his short time on the Board. This loss is great but I hope we can honor him by striving to live as he did. My heart goes out to his loving family."

Ward had served as a school board member since September 13, 2010, representing District 1.


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  • by Constance Location: Greenville on Jan 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    What do say about a man who has touched hearts all over this state? To know him was to love him. He was a one of a kind person. He was very positive and encouraging at all time even when he was feeling very low. My prayers are for the ones he left behind: his wife, children, and all the children of Pitt County Schools who would not be who and what they are without his leadership, guidance, love, attention, encouragement and understanding. I encourage the members of his churches to stay together as you go through this challenging time.
  • by racheal b Location: greenville on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
    Pastor Ward was a stand up individual, and Im so sad about this he will be missed and i will never forget your words of wisdom on days when i felt like quitting you sent me on my way with a smile Love Always I appreciate you...
  • by j. Location: winterville on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:03 PM
    Rest in peace. You will truly be missed. Just know that you are in a much better place.er
  • by Henry jr Location: Winterville on Jan 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
    Dr Ward was a good friend to everybody. He love his wife, church, friends and the dallas cowboys. I'm Gonna miss him very much. Let's keep his wife, family and his church family in prayer. Like Dr ward would say if you don't known Jesus you better get to known before it to late. Sleep on Dr Ward see you on the other side
  • by Student of Mr. Ward Location: Ayden on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    You touched the life of many and you will truly be missed. Wishing all who knew Mr. Ward, peace at this difficult time & keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers!
  • by Sharon Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:46 AM
    Praying for the Ward family during this difficult time. Mr Ward was a great Pastor,Friend who loved the school board. I first meet him years ago when he used to help at the old Boys and Girls Club in the 80's he has been the same everytime I would see him he will b miss RIP!!!
  • by ummm... on Jan 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM
    Did Dr. Reep change her last name??
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      by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 at 07:11 PM in reply to ummm...
      She married on New Year's Day.
  • by Student Location: Greenville on Jan 15, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    Dr Ward was a great man who always had words of encouragement. He loved everyone and will be missed by many. He touched so many young lives. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Ward family tonight. Gone but never forgotten. Heaven has a new angel tonight. R.I.P. !!
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      by James Ward on Jan 19, 2012 at 09:46 AM in reply to Student
      Hello, My name is James Ward, Matthew was my little brother. I wish to thank all of you for your comments about my brother. He was the baby of our family but was so giving and had so much heart that the hole in our lives will never be made whole again. As I am preparing to travel home today I decided to google him and found all of you. We are in pain as a family but knowing how he touched so many lives really helps us. I was just in NC last week to spend time with him and we had a good time joking around as we always do, Big Brother to little one. I feel so blessed that I had that time with him and know that he will live forever in all of our hearts. Bless you and I hope to meet you in NC.
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