He had lived most of his life in the Chattanooga area.
He had retired from Sequatchie-Bledsoe County Vocational School, where he was a teacher.
He was of the Baptist Faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nina Ware.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Ware; son, Duane Ware of Apison; daughter, Susan Bishop of Rossville; five grandchildren, Stephen Ware, Conner Ware, Micheal Bishop, Tiffany Bishop and Emily Ware; sister, Margie Leamon of Ooltewah; nephew, Johnny Cranfield of Apison; and several nieces and nephews from Alabama.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in the chapel with burial to follow at Plowman Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 5-9 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.