SHELBYVILLE – Archie L. Ware Jr., 81, passed away Monday, the 26thof December, 2011, at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Kentucky. Born in Shelby County, he was the son of the late Archie L. Ware Sr., and Viola Lewis Ware. A graduate of Shelbyville High School and Eastern Kentucky University, he was a welterweight boxer with an overall win record of 23 and 2. In both 1948 and 1951, he won his weight class in the Golden Gloves, and also qualified for the United States Olympic Boxing Team. Mr. Ware was a veteran of the Korean War, and thereafter continued to serve in the United States Army where he taught General Command Staff Courses, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Concurrently with his military career, he also worked as a Civil Engineer for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Corps of Engineers in Louisville. A member of First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, Mr. Ware served as both a Sunday School and a Training Union teacher. He also held memberships in Gideon’s International; a thirty-second degree Mason in the Shelby Lodge No. 662 of Free and Accepted Masons; the Kosair Shrine; Post 1179 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion; Chapter No. 1368 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees; and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ware was preceded in death by his son, Archie L. Ware III. Survivors include his wife, Jean Allen Ware of Lexington; his son, Jonathan Ware also of Lexington; his daughter, Jennifer Sheargold of Cleveland, Ohio; his sisters, Martha Allen of Cleveland, Tennessee, and Reva Bohannon of Elmburg; and his four grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Ware will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., on Saturday, at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville with Dr. Fred T. Moffatt Jr., and Dr. Geoffrey McGillen officiating. Interment will follow in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center or the American Heart Association.
Source: Sentinel-News (Shelbyville, KY) – Tuesday, December 27, 2011