Elmer Whitford (Bud) Ware passed away Monday at Campbellton Graceville Hospital. He was 88. Born and raised in St. Andrews, Dr. Ware graduated from Bay High School, Stetson University, and received his doctorate in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1958, Dr. Ware and his family moved to Graceville where he was a professor of theology at Baptist Bible Institute, now known as Florida Baptist College. He finished his working career as the director of the Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority also of Graceville. Bud specifically requested a short obituary which is fortunate because his talents and achievements were many. In addition to being a minister, scholar, and businessman, he was a licensed master plumber, and accomplished engineer and designer, wood turner, artist and boat builder, having kept his son afloat in boats for many years. He was been a genuine friend and comfort to many during his years here in Graceville. Dr. Ware was preceded in death by his wife Judy, mother of his children Judith Ettlinger and Phillip, and also preceded in death by older brother John of Tampa and sister Lois Matthews of Athens, Georgia. He is survived by his loving wife Erma, his children and Judith’s son John Ettlinger, a brother, Charles (Bubba) and wife Adelaide of Panama City and one sister, Mary Joe (Pie) Hubbard of Rockford, Illinois. He is also survived by one stepdaughter, Sonia Roberts, and husband Clark, four stepsons, Jerry Brookins and wife Diana, Reggie Brookins and wife Robin, Joe Sheffield and wife Suzanne, and Roger Sheffield along with 13 step grandchildren, and 26 step great grandchildren. The viewing was held on March 3rd at Williams Funeral Home. The Funeral is Thursday, March 4th at 10 AM at the First Baptist Church of Graceville, of which he was a longtime member. The family would like to thank the staff of Campbellton Graceville Hospital and Covenant Hospice for their kind and affectionate attention during his hospital stay. Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Jacksonville County Times, March 4, 2010