Funeral services for Johnny Morris Ware, 75 of Swainsboro, were held privately Tuesday August 17, 2021. An open visitation was held Monday, August 16, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The family was not present during this time due to COVID safety. The family did, however, accept visitors on Tuesday with a drive-through visitation at 10:30 a.m at 27 Live Oak Drive, Swainsboro. Visitors were respectfully asked to remain in their vehicles for COVID safety, and the family, underneath a Chapman Funeral Home tent greeted visitors in their cars and shared love and memories of this great man. Interment, also held privately, took place at Swainsboro City Cemetery. He passed away Saturday, August 14, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Johnny Morris Ware was born in Emanuel County and graduated from Swainsboro High School in 1964. He began his working career as a meat cutter with Piggly Wiggly Southern while still in high school. From 1967 to 1971, Mr. Ware served the United States in the Department of the Army National Guard of Georgia Co. A (-) 878 Engineer Battalion. Mr. Ware was co-owner of Ware Packing Company, he also worked in supervisory positions for various meat packing facilities over the years, and was was co-owner of Ware’s BBQ, LLC.
Mr. Ware was a gifted woodcarver by hobby. He loved to “whittle.” He was honored to carve and donate a life-size nativity, which is housed at the First Baptist Church of Swainsboro. He was a collector of pocketknives, old guns, and old hand saws. Mr. Ware enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He loved working in the yards with his wife, going exploring for carving/whittling wood, traveling, and cooking for family and friends. He also enjoyed doing any project his grandchildren wanted to tackle, and he loved his family and his Lord and Savior.
Mr. Ware attended First Baptist Church of Swainsboro, and he was ordained a deacon at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Mr. Ware felt blessed to have been a leader of the Royal Ambassadors (R.A. Boys) of Hillcrest Baptist Church in the late 1970s and 1980s and was very proud of their accomplishments in living for Jesus.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jody Crawford “Buck” Ware, and his mother, Virginia Opal Ware.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Gail Martin Ware of Swainsboro; one son and daughter-in-law, Jody Martin Ware and Jennifer of Swainsboro; one daughter and son-in-law, Johnna Marlin Ware Eaton and Justin of Statesboro; five grandchildren, Madison Padgett and Harper Ware of Swainsboro and Khloe Moore, Elin Eaton, and Ellis Eaton of Statesboro; one brother and sister-in-law, Joe Durham Ware and Cynthia Owens Ware of Swainsboro; mother-in-law, Margaret Curl Martin of Swainsboro; sister-in-law, Jayne N. Martin of Swainsboro; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, Jansen Ware, Jacey Story, Jarrett Ware, Roger Martin III (Trip), Brandy Gavetti, Bowen Ware, Hudson Ware, Raylen Ware, Jenna Ware, Madi Story, and Ivey Story; and special caregiver, Willie Brown.
Pallbearers were Blaine Burrell, George Smith, Billy Boulineau, Richard Reddish, Ronnie Womack, and Cooper Henry. Honorary pallbearers were members of Swainsboro High School’s Class of 1964, the Royal Ambassadors (R.A. Boys) from the late 1970s and 1980s of Hillcrest Baptist Church, and former employees of Ware’s Bar-B-Que and Ware’s Old Mill Restaurant.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 204 W. Main St., Swainsboro, GA 30401.
Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.