John R. Ware, 82, of Winter Springs, Fla., formerly of Montgomery, died on May 10, 2009, at Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs, Fla., after a long and courageous illness with Alzheimer’s disease. Born March 24, 1927, in Montgomery, he was the son of the late Lawrence L. and Dorothy Gay Ware. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret “Peggy” Ware; brother, Lawrence “Larry” Ware; sister, Katherine Kay Knight; mother-in-law, Pauline Snyder; and brother-in-law, Tom Snyder. John was owner/operator of Ware Printing & Office Supplies from 1954 to 1987 in Montgomery. He later worked 17 years in Florida for a local printing company until he retired at age 77. John served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He was past president of the Lions Club, past commander of the American Legend and previous member of Montgomery Methodist Church. He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel and was the last surviving member of the Montgomery City Council that served from 1958 to 1966. He was a 32nd degree Mason, past master of the Coal Valley Masonic Lodge, member of the Scottish Rites Bodies, Royal Order of the Jesters, and more importantly, he was a member for over 40 years of the Beni Kedem Shrine Temple, Charleston, where he proudly served as president of the Gold Band from 1976 to 1977, leading this band to win many international Shrine Band competitions. He leaves behind to cherish his memories and life his wife, Barbara Snyder Ware; his sons, John D. (Sharon) Ware of Florida and James L. (Judy) Ware of South Carolina; grandchildren, Megan Ware and Justin Ware of South Carolina, Ryan Ware of West Virginia, Jessica Adkins of Florida, Jeremie Adkins of California and Holly Mathias of South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Leslie Ware, Maya Pate, Julia Rose Whitwam, Hudson Mathias and baby Leigha Ware, due this month; nieces, Barbara (Eric) Mankuta of Florida, and Cheryl (Lindsey) Daniels and Kay (Bob) Bayes of West Virginia; nephews, Kenny Ware of Utah and David Ware of Maryland; sister-in-law, Sally Snyder; niece, Lauren; and father- and mother- in-law, Bob D. and Arlene Snyder. A celebration of his life will be held at noon Wednesday, May 20, at Northland, A Church Distributed, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, Fla., with Pastor John Tardonia officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The family suggests that donations be made to the Shrine Children’s Hospital, Tampa, Fla., Hospice of the Comforter, 605 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Services were entrusted to the National Cremation Society, (407) 365-1600. Online condolences may be emailed to Bware357@aol.com. Special thanks go to Hospice of the Comforter for their love, support and sincere kindness during John’s illness. “No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love or to prepare our hearts for good bye.” O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, provided information.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail (WV) – Wednesday, May 13, 2009