Born to Eddie Merritt Ware and Gertrude Osborne Ware in Carroll County on Oct. 11, 1916, he moved to the Delta in the 1930’s. He was a World War II Army veteran who served with the 99th Infantry Division “Battle Babies” on the European front. He was in three major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge. For his service to his country, he was awarded the Bronze Star and numerous other medals.
He worked as a technician at Delta Branch Experiment Station at Stoneville, an agricultural branch of Mississippi State University until his retirement in 1980. A faithful member of First Baptist Church in Leland, he especially enjoyed his Sunday School classes and attending the Goodtimers’ senior group. A true member of the “Greatest Generation”, Howard was a quiet, strong, courageous man until the moment of his death.
Mr. Ware was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Sybil McDonald Ware in 2006; his parents; three brothers, Pete, Clifton and John; and three sisters, Georgia Lamkin, Eloise McDonald and Jessie Mae Boykin.
He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Maynor and husband, Joe Ben Maynor; one grandson, Joe Ben Maynor Jr. and wife, Priscilla; and two great-grandchildren, Landon Joseph and Annsley Marie Maynor.
The family will receive friends Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Boone Funeral Home, Leland.
The Dr. Jon Doler, minister of First Baptist Church, will officiate.