Dr. James G. Ware

August 19, 1929March 6, 2013

Dr. James G. Ware, 83, of Chattanooga passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Born August 19, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a son of the late Robert Dwight and Varina Ann Cook Ware. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 44 years, Zola Garrison Ware and a brother Dr. John Ware. Dr. Ware, the son and grandson of a Methodist minister, was a member of the Brainerd United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. He pursued several lifelong passions: music, education, travel, Kiwanis, and his church. He was a soloist and sang in a church choir for 70 years. He was a member of Kiwanis for 40 years and served as Governor for the Kentucky - Tennessee District from 1996-1997. He emceed the Travelogue at the Memorial Auditorium for many years. Having received his PhD from Peabody Vanderbilt University, Dr. Ware taught math at The McCallie School. He taught math at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for 30 years, where served as the Math Department head for 20 years and established the James G. Ware Mathematics Education Award. He loved to travel and led tours and traveled to all parts of the world for 50 years. Survivors include his daughter Aimee Hammond, her husband David and a grandson Philip Hammond. Funeral service will be 1:30 Sunday, March 10, 2013 at the Brainerd United Methodist Church, with Reverend Dennis Flaugher officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 3-5 and 6:30-8 at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Kim Melton

March 16, 2013

We are sorry for your loss, but know that your family is in our prayers.

Bill & Jan Larson

March 9, 2013

We knew Jim during our 15 years in KY-TN Kiwanis. We will miss him. His smile and his faith were contagious and will continue to brighten and inspire our lives even in his death.

March 9, 2013

Dear Aimee, David and Philip,
We are saddened with the news of Mr. Ware's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and peace today and in the days to come.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Rick and Belinda Glenn

Glen Kleine

March 8, 2013

Jim Ware, a long-time Kiwanian, provided exceptional service to his community, to his local Kiwanis club, to the Kentucky-Tennessee District, and to Kiwanis International. He was also dedicated to serving the world through the Kiwanis International Foundation. He will be greatly missed by his former students, colleagues, friends, and fellow Kiwanians.

March 8, 2013

Dr Ware was my math teacher while at McCallie as well as at UTC. I always enjoyed his instruction. It was obvious that he loved what he was doing. At one point while at UTC I was considering switching my major from math after receiving a disappointing grade in one math class. His counseling and encouragement led me to stay with math, and I graduated with a math major and taught for many years.
I told him and his wife about his influence one year at a McCallie reunion. He was touched by it, and tears came to his eyes. I remember him with great fondness and respect.
Dr. Jimmy Smith

March 8, 2013

I will always remember Jim for his work in Kiwanis. One of the best introductions I have ever heard is when he introduced the entertainment for a District Convention in Nashville. In addition to his quick wit, his singing ability will be missed by all. His dedication to Kiwanis will always be an inspiration to me.
P R Cook (Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia Kiwanis)

March 8, 2013

Best friend, excellent bridge partner, crossword puzzle fan. Trips to condo in Florida to be beach bums and play bridge. Favorite places to eat: Jason's Deli, Picadilly Cafeteria, Wendy's. Favorite breakfast egg, bacon, iced milk, iced orange juice, and Pepperidge Farm thin-sliced white bread.

He will be missed.

Tollie Ross

Joanie Sompayrac

March 8, 2013

I was actually just thinking of Dr. Ware today. He was such a wonderful man and so gracious with students. I remember his willingness to help me when I was a student, and I recall the many years he fought so passionately for a new math building. Every time I pass the spot where the old math building used to be, I still think of Dr. Ware. We lost a special part of UTC when he retired, and he will be missed. He was one of a kind.