Thomas Henry "Tom" WARE
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WARE, Thomas "Tom" Henry Age 55 of Goodlettsville. Passed away on November 14, 2012. Tom graduated from Overton High School, MTSU and the Nashville School of Law. While at MTSU, Tom was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, where he served as Corresponding Secretary. Tom practiced law in Nashville for 28 years with such distinguished partners as Judge Mark Fishburn, Judge Sue Evans, Judge Gloria Dumas and Judge Sophia Crawford. Tom was elected to serve as the Davidson County Public Trustee in 1997 by the Metro Council, a position he held for 15 years. Tom was a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, the Nashville Bar Association and was a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association. While a member of the Nashville Bar Association, Tom served one term as Chairman of the Probate Court Committee. Tom also served as Legal Guardian for numerous disabled veterans during his career. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Edgar and Helen Ware; his grandparents, William and Mallie Ware and Hardy and Hattie Turner. He is survived by his wife, Goldie Ware; daughters, January M. Ware and Ayla M. Ware; brother, Charles D. Ware; sisters, Debra (Lloyd) Ellis and Julie (Michael) Roberts; step son, Joshua D. Stratton; nephews, Charles Ware III, Brandon Ware, Kurt Ellis, Clint Ellis and Blaise Roberts; nieces, Erin Ellis and Chelsea Roberts; step granddaughter, Jaidyn Brooks Stratton; step grandson, Ryker Stratton. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Woodlawn's Dignity Hall at one o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 17th of November 2012 with Rev. Raymond Langlois officiating. Entombent services to follow in Woodlawn's Cross Mausoleum. The family will receive friends on Friday from four o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening and again the morning of Saturday from ten o'clock up until scheduled service time.


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Published in The Tennessean on Nov. 16, 2012.
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June 29, 2013
I know it has been a while my friend, but oh how I miss you! Tom was my law partner for 14 years and he was like a brother to me. No words can describe how much he meant to me and how thankful I am to have had the time I had with him!
Sophia Crawford
November 28, 2012
I first met Tom when he was still in law school and he did some law clerking for me. We were friends for 30 years. This is a very sad loss for his family, friends, and the legal community. I'm sure his family will be comforted by the fact that Tom leaves behind a reputation of being a man of honor and a very respected lawyer. I wish his family comfort at this very sad time.

Dick Eason, Nashville
November 28, 2012
I met Tom in 1987 when I went to work for Bart Durham as a paralegal. Tom was employed there at the time as an attorney. He was always so helpful, and he was a lot of fun to be around. He could find humor in almost anything. I lost touch with him over the years, but I truly enjoyed the time I did spend around him. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, and I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family.
Faye Combs
November 26, 2012
A good man and a good lawyer... He was a friend and, like many others, I will miss him...
Aubrey Harwell
November 20, 2012
Tommy was a great friend in high school and college. Kinda lost touch over the years, but really enjoyed catching up when our paths would cross. He was always his same cheerful, fun self! My sincere condolences to his family during this sad time.
Jack Winter
November 20, 2012
He was "Tommy" to me in English class years ago. We went through high school together and he was always smiling and cracking a joke. That smile was his trade mark! I hope the wonderful memories of his life will bring comfort to his family.
Ame Satterwhite
November 19, 2012
I remember Tom but did not know him very well. However, being in the class of JOHS '75 - he will always be family and sadly missed.
Leonard "Bubba" Kindig
November 18, 2012
So sorry to hear of Toms passing. He and I were great friends while attending MTSU. We lost touch over the years but I always considered him my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, family and friends who I know will miss him dearly.
Pam Puckett-Pike
November 17, 2012
I've know Tom and his family since the late 70s. I have fond memories of his "smile" as you talked to him on the phone. His wit and never ending sense of humor. I also knew I could always call on Tom for advise or help and he was always there. My thoughts are with January and Ayla and his family. I will always remember his laugh and will miss our long phone calls and how time would fly as we caught up. May he rest in peace knowing he will be missed and remembered fondly.
Terrye Bucy
November 16, 2012
Very nice man with a big heart and he sure could make you smile! So sorry for the loss!
Sherry Daniels
November 16, 2012
Ayla, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Karen Hite
Karen Hite
November 16, 2012
I am so sad to hear of Tom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Goldie, and all of Tom's family. He was a skilled attorney and such a nice man. He will be missed by all!
Mary LaGrone
November 16, 2012
Although I have not seen Tom in many years, I have known him since the early 80's. He definitely had a good sense of humor and believe he passed that good trait down to his beautiful daughters. We are praying for strength for January and Ayla and Tom's family. RIP, Tom.
Jodie Wait
November 16, 2012
An awesome guy, with a great sense of humor. I'm sure feeling a big void day, but feel "blessed" to have had Tom enrich my life:)
Barney Bucy
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