Mr. Thomas Erskin Ware, 86, of 103 Warehouse Drive, passed away Thursday August 15, 2013 surrounded by his family and his beloved doggy LuLu at his residence. A native of Cleveland County, he was born November 24, 1926, son of the late William Hunter and Ocie Bell Ware. He was a member Patterson Grove Baptist Church since 1953. He was a member of various hunting clubs and a western square dancer for 47 years with Wagon Wheelers of Shelby and the Grand Spinners of Gastonia. He was retired from the City of Kings Mountain and served his country in the US Army Infantry in the Korean Conflict.
PRECEDED: In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by one brother, Hunter Houston Ware and one sister, Opal Ware Drumm.
SURVIVED: He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Daphine Smith Ware of the home; three daughters, Kay Ware Cherry and husband Pete of Stanley, Judy Ford and husband Rocky of Kings Mountain, and Susan Ware Chapman and husband Jimmy of Kings Mountain; two brothers, Curtis Ware and wife Novella and Bill Ware and wife Becky all of Kings Mountain; six grandchildren, Erskin Cherry and wife Kira of Silver Springs, MD., Kathryn Cherry of Raleigh, NC, Shan Ford and wife Cynthia of Ellenboro, Audrey Mills and husband Ryan of Stanley, Chelsea and Cassidy Chapman of Kings Mountain; one great grandchild, Savannah Ford of Shelby; several nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: A funeral service will be held at Patterson Grove Baptist Church Saturday at 4:30 pm.
VISITATION: The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 3 pm on Saturday.
CLERGY: Dr. Tim Hendrick will be officiating
BURIAL: Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery will military honors.
MEMORIALS: Memorials may be Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Oak Grove Baptist Church Bell Tower Fund, 1022 Oak Grove Road Kings Mountain, NC 28086
FUNERAL HOME: Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain
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