He was born in LaFayette on May 8, 1933, to the late James T. and Ester Harris Ware. Bill was of the Christian faith, retired from Shaw Industries and he enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Geraldine Carroll Ware, of LaFayette; daughter, Rachel Nave and son-in-law, Charles Nave Jr., of Chickamauga, Ga.; three grandchildren, Amber Ware, Heather and Brittany Nave; great-grandson, Bryson Stoker; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in LaFayette City Cemetery with Pastor Larry Brooks officiating. In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to American Cancer Society at 6221 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, 423-267-8613.
Online register book available at www.wilsonfuneralhome. com.
Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, LaFayette, 706-638-1122.