Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne. Burial will take place at Bellevue Memorial Park in Opelousas.
He was a generous and kind husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather and is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Patricia Padgett Ware; two sons, George Bradford “Brad” Ware Jr. and his wife Robin of Rayne, Edward Bradford “Eddie” Ware, and his wife Jan of Rayne; two daughters, Marla Green, and husband Tim of New Iberia and Amy Gossen and husband Jason of Rayne. He is also survived by three sisters, Marie Louise Ware Anthony of Bogalusa, Moina Ware Lucent of Escondido, Calif. and Josephine Ware Wallis of Dandridge, Tenn. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tori Ware Dupuis, George Bradford Ware III, Phillip Bradford Ware, Thomas Bradford Ware, Adam Bradford Ware, Eleanor Aline Ware, Nicholas Bradford Ware, Joseph Bradford Ware, Caroline Jane Ross, Aline Marie Gossen, Anna Claire Gossen and Elise Anne Gossen; and two great grandchildren Grayci Elizabeth Dupuis and Analie Therese Dupuis.
Judge Ware was preceded in death by his brother James H. Ware Jr.; and his parents James Henry Ware and wife Amy Bradford Ware.
He was born January 13, 1931 in Opelousas. After graduating from Christ School in Asheville, North Carolina, he was employed for a brief time by Schlumberger before entering the Marine Corps. In the Marines, he was stationed in Camp Pendleton, California and served as a Sergeant in the Korean War. While on active duty in Korea, he was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one star and a United Nations Service Medal. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1954, he graduated from SLI with a horticulture degree. He then entered LSU law school where he received his Juris Doctorate and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar Association in 1965. He began his practice the same year in Rayne, and served 11 years as City Prosecutor. In 1976 he was elected and took the oath of office and served on the bench of the 15th Judicial District Court, for Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion Parishes for twenty years. During his term he was a member of numerous professional and civic organizations including the Acadia Parish Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Legion, USL Alumni Association, LSU Law School, the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. He was also elected president of the Louisiana District Judges Association for a four year term. After his retirement in 1996 he served as a substitute judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles and also joined the Louisiana Retired Judges Association.
He enjoyed sailing and became a member of the Cypremort Point Yacht Club where he served as Commodore. In addition to sailing, he was an avid hunter and loved to sing and play the guitar.
The family would like to give special thanks to Mr. Clarence Joseph for the wonderful care and dedication he provided, throughout his time with our family. The family would also like to thank the staff of Louisiana Extended Care Hospital, Fresenius Medical Care in Crowley, Acadian Ambulance and Dr. Juan Zeik.
Pallbearers are his six grandsons, George Bradford Ware, III, Phillip Bradford Ware, Thomas Bradford Ware, Adam Bradford Ware, Nicholas Bradford Ware and Joseph Bradford Ware.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Henry Cowen, Homer Ed Barousse, Merrick Young, Elton Kennedy and Charlie Jagneaux.
Friends may view the obituary and guestbook online at www.gossenfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Gossen Funeral Home, Inc. of Rayne, LA, (337)334-3141.