Charles Clark Ware Sr., 82, a Morrison resident and Warren County native, was born July 1, 1935 and died peacefully at home on July 20 surrounded by family.
Mr. Ware began his adult life working for the Chrysler Corporation in Indiana. He built, owned and operated Ware’s Sinclair Gas Station in Morrison and retired from Carrier Corp., where he was the sixth employee hired when the company opened in Morrison in 1969. Following his retirement from Carrier, he managed Brad Ragan Goodyear in McMinnville.
A member of Fountain Grove United Methodist Church, founding member of Morrison Ruritan (and continuous volunteer), a member of Masonic Lodge 381, and a member of the National Street Rod Association, he enjoyed building and showing antique cars, helping his grandson Patrick with Tic Tac Farm, watching his grandson Nicholas play ball, and brushing his granddaughter Lily’s hair.
He was the son of the late James Clifton Ware and Nettie Beatrice Dennis Ware. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Lou Ware Laxson and Shirley Dean Ware Crawley. Survivors include wife, Nancy Ruth Griswold Ware, four children Ruthie Ware (Charles) Brooks of Pompano Beach Fla., Brenda Ware (Tommie) Robinson, Charles Clark Ware Jr., and Ellen Ware Brazle, all of Morrison; grandsons Patrick (Melissa) Robinson of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and Nicholas (Luann) Robinson of McMinnville; one granddaughter Lily Margaret Brazle of Morrison; one great-grandson Dale Robinson and great-granddaughter Maddie Faulk both of McMinnville. He is also survived by a brother Billy (Barbara) Ware of Alva, FL. He had several nieces and nephews. e is also survived by lifelong friend Leamon (Joyce) Lorance, of Franklin, Ind.
Mr. Ware spent 51 years camping at Floating Mill in Smithville and was there a week before his death. Known there as “The Mayor of Floating Mill,” he spent time with many close friends camping as often possible. He was loved by all who knew him. A private graveside service was held at Morrison Cemetery for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fountain Grove United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice. www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 21, 2017