Paul was born in Haynesville, Louisiana, on January 5, 1934. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Centenary College and his Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in Psychiatry and Neurology. He was a member of the American Board of Psychiatrists and Neurologists, Shreveport Medical Society and was licensed in Louisiana, California and Wyoming. Paul practiced psychiatry and neurology for fifty years; he maintained a private practice for 45 years and retired after serving five years as LSUHSC-Shreveport Department of Psychiatry Chairman.
Paul’s compassion and desire to help others was at the core of his being. He was profoundly optimistic and determined. Paul had incredible strength, remarkable courage and a generous heart. He had an innate ability to find the goodness in others and led many down a road of continued growth and discovery. Paul, above all, was a teacher. He shared his profound wisdom and was delighted when others could gain from his insight. As his dear friend and colleague, Taibi Kahler, Ph.D., recently shared with him, “You have touched the lives of thousands, and impacted the quality of generations.”
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Audie Pride Ware, his beloved daughter, Paula Denise Ware, and the mother of his children, Adele Ferguson Ware.
He is survived by his wife of twelve years, Lisa Harper Ware; son, Paul Dean Ware and partner, D. Paul Babin, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; daughter, Dana Ware Hornby and husband, Michael, of Knoxville, Tennessee; daughter, Danelle Ware of Shreveport; son, Paul Derek Ware, M.D. and wife, Alisha H. Ware, M.D. of Gulfport, Mississippi; grandchildren, David Hornby, Daniel Hornby, Adam Hornby, Allison Ware, Cecilia Catherine Ware, and Mac Ware; brothers-in-law, Mike Harper and wife, Whittney of Minden; David Harper and wife, Kathy of Shreveport; Pat Harper and wife, Trish of Sibley; Jeff Harper of Bastrop, Texas; sisters-in-law, Judy Harper of Longview, Texas and Monica Harper of Shreveport, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honoring Paul and his family as pallbearers are David Harper, Michael Harper M.D., Pat Harper, Kenny Loftin, Travis Phifer, M.D., Charles Powers, M.D., Dean Robinson, M.D. and Greg Walker.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to Montclair Park, Bob Savory, M.D. and the team at Willis-Knighton Hospice, and special caregivers, Mark Jefferson III, VonEric McKee, Deassie Washington and Deborah White. A special thank you is also extended to the countless individuals who expressed kindness to Paul during his illness, particularly at Kayla’s Café in Coushatta.