George K. Ware (G.K.) of Greenwood died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Greenwood. G.K. was born to George and Maybelle Ware Price Nov. 7, 1933, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He lost his dad in 1949, when he was fifteen years old. G.K. finished school while doing odd jobs, sweeping floors for Greenwood school, working at a bakery in Fort Smith and delivering car parts on weekends for Smith Chevrolet Co. in Fort Smith.
After graduation, he joined the Naval Reserve and worked at Smith Chevrolet Co. as a mechanic.
He was then drafted into the Army, and after basic training was sent to an army base in Atlanta to train working on all army vehicles. From there he was sent to Anchorage, Alaska, Fort Richardson Army Base. He was discharged at Fort Chaffee. G.K. then went back to Smith Chevrolet Co. as a mechanic, where he was given the honor of Certified Master of Mechanics-Air Conditioning. G.K. was a 32 degree Mason, veteran of the Naval Reserve, the Air National Guard Reserve and the Korean War, volunteer fire fighter, lifetime NRA member and member of the First Baptist Church in Greenwood, where he served on the bus committee. G.K. and Marcia were retired owners and operators of Ware’s Auto Service.
He was a Christian and had a close relationship with our lord Jesus Christ, his lord and savior.
G.K. enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, going fishing and camping at Sardis Lake in Oklahoma and traveling the United States on vacations.
G.K. was preceded in death by his son, George Kevin Ware; and his parents, George and Maybelle Ware Price; and stepfather, Tony Price. He is survived by his wife, Marcia of the home; one daughter, Debi Wilkinson and husband Stanhope of Greenwood; three sons, Rick Ware of Huntington, Steve Ware and wife Meryl of Greenwood and Dr. Gerald Ware and wife Melinda of Little Rock; 13 grandchildren, Phillip Ware of Northwest Arkansas, Derick Ware of Lutsen, Minn., George Ware of Huntington, Adrianne Ware of Greenwood, Leslie Ware Wolf and husband Britton of Greenwood, Craig Ware of Greenwood, Means Wilkinson of Fort Smith, Mollie Grace Wilkinson of Tulsa, Leo Wilkinson of Fayetteville, Hannah Ware of Oxford, Miss., Emily Ware of Oxford, Miss., Sarah Ware of Little Rock and Matthew Ware of Little Rock; three great-grandchildren, Maddie Ware, Brooks Wolf and Micah Wolf; and one brother, Gerald Claude Ware and wife Candy of the Mt. Harmony Community of Greenwood.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Greenwood First Baptist Church with burial at Liberty Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood.
Viewing will be today at Greenwood First Baptist Church from 2–8 p.m., where the family will visit with friends from 5–7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be his many, many, many friends.The family would like to thank Dr. Mehl, Dr. Swizegood and their staff and Pink Bud Rest Home and staff.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, 10 Remington Dr., Little Rock, AR 72204 or the Gideon International Greenwood Camp, P.O. Box 685, Greenwood, AR 72936.
Source: Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) – Friday, December 23, 2016