David Warren Ware Jr.
TOANO - David Warren Ware, Jr. , 68, of Yorktown, died tragically Friday, December 19, near his home. He was born in Williamsburg, May 20, 1946 to David W. (deceased) and Martha Millner Ware and moved to Toano at age 1. He attended Toano School, moving on to Matthew Whaley, and James Blair High School. He graduated from Christ Church Episcopal Boys School, and then the College of William and Mary. He was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity, where he was quite the life of the party. He served as an infantry Lieutenant in the US Army, 1968-1972 graduating from OCS at Fort Benning, GA, and was stationed at Fort Dix, NJ and Watertown, NY. Through his sister, Martha, he met his first wife, Chase Ware. Together they had 2 daughters, Katharine Stafford Ware Gregory, and Amanda Chase Ware Kizer. His second and present wife of 24 years, Sherron Ware, brought the addition of her son, Shane Hatchell, to his family. Over the course of his life, David operated the True Value Hardware Store, was general manager of the family shopping center, Colonial Towne Plaza, owned a roll off container business, and a construction company. He served on the James City County Board of Supervisors, representing Stonehouse District, 1977-79. David was enjoying his "semi-retirement" from "real jobs" when his life was heartbreakingly cut short. He spent his days fishing, planting tomatoes and watermelons, raising chickens, and gathering eggs. He was known for his "famous" BBQ-providing the meals for churches, condo parties, charities, or anybody who just happened to stop by to say hello-They usually left with not only BBQ, but eggs, watermelons, fish, tomatoes, or whatever was thriving at his place that day. David was a very gifted pianist and would often treat visitors to rousing renditions at the piano. He and Sherron were also quite the ballroom dancers. His absolute favorite activity was playing with and entertaining his grandchildren, Alex, Ian, Lily, and Theodore, (David called him, "The Beav"). He was always in his work van on his way to help somebody-to rebuild something, to repair something, to feed or to comfort somebody-and always, most assuredly, to entertain whomever he met by regaling one of his many, many hilarious, real life adventures. Even if they weren't hilarious, David would work it in such a way that they were. You were usually guaranteed a good laugh by the time you left David. He belonged to many organizations. He was not just a member in name only, but a full participating member-rolling up his sleeves and jumping in to make whatever organization a better place-always recruiting a crowd to accompany him to meetings. He belonged to the Jamestowne Society, the Mayflower Society, the Huguenot Society, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of VA, the Sons of the Revolution, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans--where he was instrumental in founding the 5th VA Cavalry chapter in James City County. David had just had his grandson Alex inducted as one of the youngest members ever. He was also very active in Operation Smile, and Hickory Neck Church. David also belonged to PeCK, a chicken owners association. David is survived by his wife, Sherron, his daughters : Kate Gregory and Amanda Kizer, his son, Shane Hatchell, grandchildren: Alex and Ian Gregory, Lily and Theodore "The Beav" Kizer, Amanda Gregory and Tristan Hatchell, and his sons-in-law: Thorpe Gregory and Steve Kizer. He is also survived by his mother, Martha "Sug" Ware, his brother, W. Walker Ware IV, his sisters, Martha Ware Petro and Mary Ware, and his brother-in-law, Joe Petro. He also had many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. David was baptised at Hickory Neck Church at the beginning of his life's journey, and his memorial service will be held there to commemorate the completion of his life's journey--New Year's Day at 11:00. Reception to follow at church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in David's memory to Hickory Neck Episcopal Church, 8300 Richmond Road, Toano 23168, or Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Va Beach 23453
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Published by Virginia Gazette on Dec. 25, 2014.
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David worked with my brother, and became good friends of my family. He attended my wedding and offered us a wonderful place in Hilton Head to spend our honeymoon. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Kerri Ross
January 4, 2015
I didn't know David but I knew his daughters when we were young. Kate, Amanda, it has been many many years since we last saw each other but Vonnie told me about your Dad (I hear about it on the news but didn't put it all together) on Christmas. My thoughts are with you both.
Rikki Piester Webb
January 3, 2015
Been out of town and just heard about Dave.So sorry for your loss.I have known and worked for Dave for over 10 years,I will miss our spirited discussions.I feel I am better for having known him,he will be missed.
Allan Hall
January 3, 2015
With profound sorrow and sadness, the Ware family has our deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Dave was much more than a fraternity brother, much more than a friend. He will be deeply missed and always remembered for his kindness, generosity, loyalty, selflessness, resourcefulness, and unbelievable good humor. Dave was truly one of a kind.

We fondly reflect on the many, many, many, many great times (and escapades). There remain many stories to tell, and we will continue to cherish those fond memories, whether at the fraternity house, on a road trip, during one of Dave's continuous study breaks at William & Mary, at our wedding, or at Fred's Inn were we always dined on fine cuisine.

The 50 years of remembrances will always be with us. Dave was always there for others. We were honored to be his friend. It remains very difficult to comprehend he has left us on earth for a higher calling; but he will always be with us in spirit.

Dave's family is in our hearts and prayers. We continue to think of Dave, the many good times, and what he meant to so many. God bless as we celebrated Dave's life earlier today – a life very well lived, by a man who made a big difference in the lives of others and will be sorely missed and always remembered.
Jeff & Wendy Steinhoff
January 1, 2015
RIP David-
January 1, 2015
We will miss you, you truly lived a full and joyous life.
John & Jen Wheatley
January 1, 2015
Dear Sherron and family,
I am so heartsick for the loss you have to endure. My love, prayers and soul goes out to you all. Sherron, you know you have a family at RDHW that loves you and will care for you. God Bless.
Arlene Messina
January 1, 2015
So very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. May God continue to comfort the family in their loss.
Arnie Harriday
January 1, 2015
May the angels surround you with Love and Eternal Peace
Mary Whelan
December 31, 2014
David was a new gardening friend of mine. He generously shared his methods, ideas, seeds, produce, and pictures of his gardens with me. We both shared the same ideas of wanting to grow our foods as organically as possible; both saying that if the bugs wouldn't want to eat it then why would we put it in our bodies.

I have spent my morning rereading all of emails and relooking at all the photos he shared with me. I am still in shock.

My heart goes out to his family; what a big loss for your family. Please know that I am so very sorry for your loss.

David will be missed. I am already feeling the void in my life.

Tommye Rafes
December 31, 2014
My condolences to David's family. I remember david from high school and am very sorry to learn of his tragic passing.
God bless you all.
Michael Recchia
Michael Recchia
December 31, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathy and prayers go out to your family.
Edith "Sug" Bowman
December 31, 2014
When I reflect on my adult life I can't help but remember, with gratitude, the impact that my dear friend David had in my growth as a person. Kind, compassionate, humorous, humble, devoted to his family and friends, intelligent, spiritual, God-loving, lover of life, epic story and joke teller, hardworking, and talented - I will miss every single thing about you sweet friend! You had a special knack for pointing out the not-so-obvious 'obvious' and in sharing your thoughts with those you loved. We were so oh, so fortunate to have been graced with your presence in our lives. As we mourn your loss, we will also celebrate your life. You are a well-loved man, David Ware! Rest in peace, dear friend.
Cindy Martin
December 30, 2014
It is so hard to believe David is gone, as I'm sure it is for you, too. What a unique person David was. It was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Thank goodness for all the memories we can share. Thinking and praying for you often.
Kathryn, George, & Lauren Bridewell
December 30, 2014
Sherron, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your friend, Becky Sandoval,RN (Riverside Doctors' Hospital)
Rebecca Sandoval
December 29, 2014
Through our good friends, the Kizer family, we had the pleasure to meet and enjoy the hospitality of the Ware family for special family events. In honor of David Ware, Jr., a true southern gentleman; God bless.

We care, Sandy and Ben Traynham
December 29, 2014
Davids guidance, humor and support weaved it's way through my life for over 25 years. May your family find peace and comfort as his Love surrounds you - Always
Margaret Sattler
December 29, 2014

My condolences to you and your family. I know there is another angel in heaven called David.

your friend,

Pam- Riverside Doctors Hospital
December 29, 2014
I will miss David very much. He was a good friend and he was very kind to me several times when I needed assistance. He will be greatly missed by all.
William Brown
December 29, 2014
Death affects us all and the loss
of a love one can hurt tremendously. What hope do we have for the future while we await for God's Kingdom. (Psalms 37:29)
Ray Lassiter
December 28, 2014
May gods grace, peace & comfort embrace all involved in this tragedy.
December 28, 2014
My sympathy to the family and friends. I only met him a few times but we had many friends in common. I enjoyed making barbecue and coleslaw with him, and he liked my Minneapolis Moline belt buckle.
Arthur Ritter
December 28, 2014
Sug & Walker - So sorry to hear of David's death. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Nancy Crute Slaughter
December 28, 2014
Shakespeare might have been thinking of David Ware when he wrote "his life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world 'this was a man'." David Ware was friend and family -- the likes of him won't come again for a long time.
Elizabeth Gregory
December 27, 2014
Sherron, I am so sorry for your husband's tragic death. We are told not to ask why; faith tells us there is a divine plan, which is difficult to appreciate at this time. May you and your family be comforted by the love and prayers of those who care.
Mary Novean, from Dr. Pharr's Office
December 27, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss. David was a wonderful man who helped so many people. Such a big heart and fun personality! Sending you healing prayers.
Cindy Teagle
December 27, 2014
So sorry for your loss. I met him a few years ago and purchased some orpington chickens from him. Such a wonderful man, so enthusiastic about life. He will be missed.
Chrissie Long
December 27, 2014
Sherron - I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
Mary Laboy
December 27, 2014
Sherron, you have been on my heart and in my prayers since I found out this devastating, tragic, and heartbreaking news.You know how I felt about Dave and was one of the many he took under his wing to help at a very rough time of my life. I will always remember Dave as a genuine man in the "old school, handshake meant everything way", a man of his word and VERY giving. I love you both and will remember the great times teaching you both dancing, laughing, and our special times double dating. I'm very sad to know what you are going through at this time. I will see you at the memorial. Chuck
Chuck Wills
December 26, 2014
I am so very sorry for your loss. David was a wonderful man and I know he is missed very much.
Angie Stevens Drees
( vernon Stevens daughter)
Angie Drees
December 26, 2014
Sherron , we are truly sorry to hear about your loss.
I met David many years ago and worked for him at the campground . He was a pleasure to know. He will be missed by all who knew him. It is at time like these that we dont ask why , but know God has a plan. May God Bless you .
Donna Haney
December 26, 2014
Sherron, Bob and I were so fortunate to have caught up with you and Dave at the Sigma Pi reunion. It did our hearts good to see how happy the two of you were together. It is so hard to wrap our minds around the fact that DW is gone. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. DW was a good man, and we will all carry his memory in our hearts forever.
Bob and Melanie Mason
December 26, 2014
My heart is so sad David was such an awesome man. My heart is with you and your family!
Kathy Majette
December 26, 2014
I was so sorry to about David. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
December 26, 2014
Sherron , Mary and family,
I was very sorry to hear about the loss of David.
May GOD comfort you and surround you with his continous love , grace and mercy during this difficult time and the days and months that follows.

Henrietta R. Morman
Henrietta Morman
December 26, 2014
Dear Sug and Sherron,
My heart goes out to you and his entire family.
Loosing David in such a tragic way is still hard for us all to believe.
My prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Bonnie Shank Shelton
Bonnie Shank Shelton
December 26, 2014
My heart goes out to you and your family.
Heidi Lugo
December 26, 2014
Michael and I send our hearts prayers to you and your dear family. we pray for your strength and courage ,for your wholehearted faith to carry you through this deep loss. Our love to you Linda and Michael Hansen
Linda Hansen
December 26, 2014
I met David 17 years ago when I heard him speak in front of a group of people. That day changed my life and saved it as well.David was very opinionated and most of the time after listening to him awhile he could convince you he was right, he was so knowledgeable on practically ever subject. I learned so much fro him, on gardening,building,history, helping other people and spirituality.He had a great outlook on life and enjoyed it.He was a person I really looked up to and I will surely miss him. My deepest sympathy to Sherron and the family
Ken Emerson
December 26, 2014
David was everything and more than what this beautifully written obituary shared. I met David first through our Operation Smile volunteer efforts and David was truly a "make it happen" kind of person. Then we discovered that we both were to be inducted into The Jamestowne Society on the same day, what a hoot, we laughed and cut up, like kids, when it came time for the picture memorializing this event was taken. I had the privilege of meeting David's mother, wife, sister, and brother during some of these activities. What great folks they all are. David enjoyed life so much, he was bigger than life. It is a heartbreaking and unimaginable tragedy,. May the many, many, happy, funny, loving, memories sustain you all and serve to lift you up during this time of sorrow and loss. May the Holy Spirit surround you and give you comfort. David is now in the arms of heaven far away from our eyes, but his humor, positive attitude, enthusiasm for life will linger with us. Prayers for all who were so fortunate to have known this wonderful, caring, honorable, patriotic man. Bonnie and Alley
Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier
December 25, 2014
We don't know the reasons "WHY". I guess not for us to know. He touched many lives and sounds as if he was well grounded. All those he has touched will be there for you and your family. Our condolences. The Emerson's.
Jay Emerson
December 25, 2014
Sherron and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Rely on your friends to help you through this and keep your memories in your heart.
Rene Whitten
December 25, 2014
So sorry Sherron, he was a fine man.
Joe Kincaid
December 25, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sherron and all of David's loved ones. He was a good man and will be missed by so many.
Elissa Miller
December 25, 2014
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