Edwin Oswald Ware III Obituary, 2016

Funeral services for Edwin “Ed” Oswald Ware, III will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church of Alexandria with Dr. Jim Heath officiating. Interment will follow in Alexandria Memorial Gardens under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. until time of service.

Ed passed from this life on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Rapides Regional Medical Center.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Oswald Ware, Jr., and Mary Louella Pierce Ware; and his siblings, Dorothy Ruth Brown, Jewel Ware Dean, William “Bill” Eaton Ware, and Mary Louella Dvorak.

Ed was born on September 10, 1927, and raised in Alexandria. He graduated from Bolton High School, and then served stateside as an enlisted man from 1945 to 1946 in the United States Navy; thereafter serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve. Ed obtained his undergraduate degree in 1948 from Louisiana College, and received his legal credentials in 1951 from Louisiana State University Law Center. Ed and Gus Voltz, Jr. established their long-term practice, Voltz and Ware, in downtown Alexandria.

Ed served as the Assistant District Attorney for Rapides Parish from 1955 to 1957, and served three consecutive terms as the Rapides Parish District Attorney from 1967 to 1984. He was president of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association from 1974 to 1975, and a board member of the National District Attorney’s Association from 1975 to 1983. Ed was a member of the Louisiana Board of Ethics. He served as chairman of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Retirement Board. Ed served in other civic areas as well, including: the Louisiana Bar Association, the American Legion and the Kiwanis Club. He received several awards: Ed was named the “Outstanding State Vice-President” by the Junior Chamber International; “Outstanding Lawman” by the Alexandria Exchange Club; “Distinguished Service Award” from the National District Attorney’s Association; and the “Causidicus Award” from the Alexandria Bar Association.

Ed was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, serving many years as a Sunday school teacher and an Elder.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Fritchie Ware of Alexandria; their four children, Nell Ware Lawrence, and her husband Rick of Brackettville, Texas, Timothy Fortson Ware and his wife Anita of Alexandria, Edwin Oswald Ware, IV, and his wife Debbie of Pineville, and James Scott Ware and his wife Sharon of Alexandria; his grandchildren, Amy Lewis (Ben), Ashley Williamson (Jacob), Erica Hinds (Dustin), Timothy Ware, Jr., Michael Lawerence, Justin Ware (Heather), Ryan Ware, Corbin Ware, and Tiffani Thompson; and 4 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Buck and his staff, the nursing staff of the 6th floor of Rapides Regional Medical Center; and the caring sitters of Comfort Keepers, for all of the compassion and care given to Ed.

Memorials may be made to the Friendship House at 114 6th St, Alexandria, LA 71301; to the Americian Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or to a charity of your choice .

To extend online notes of condolence to the Ware Family, please visit www.KramerFunerals.com.

Source:  The Town Talk on July 12, 2016

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