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Charles "Bob" Robert Ware

December 23, 1947June 16, 2019
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Charles R. "Bob" Ware, age 71, of New Bern, NC, entered into God's glory on Sunday, June 16, 2019, and was able to spend Father's Day with his beloved daughter Patti.

Born and raised in Virginia, Bob graduated from Woodbridge High School, in Woodbridge, VA, and attended the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, VA.

He proudly served our nation in the U.S. Army and in Vietnam and later found a career in Information Systems, retiring from Electronic Data Systems prior to settling in New Bern.

Bob is survived by Robin, his wife and soulmate of nearly 35 years; his son, Bryan; his sister Susan (Jerry) Kandies; his sister Debra (Don) Hatley; sisters-in-law Terri Rodabaugh and Linda (Phil) Mihlmester, as well as beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Patti Ware and his parents Willard and Margaret Ware.

A memorial service will take place Friday, June 21, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Garber United Methodist Church, 4201 Country Club Road, New Bern, NC. Officiated by Pastor David Banks. A reception will follow at The Emerald Golf Club, 5000 Clubhouse Drive, New Bern, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Pancreas Foundation at www.pancreasfoundation.org or Folds of Honor at www.foldsofhonor.org.

Cotten Funeral Home assisting the Ware family with arrangements.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cottenfuneralhome.com for the Ware family.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Reception Friday, June 21, 2019


Charles "Bob" Robert Ware

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Dianna Thorstensen

June 22, 2019

Bob.... I did not know you in life. But only through the love of your sister-in-law, Terri. Such love speaks of a wonderful soul who made his mark in this world and upon the hearts of those closest to him. I am sorry I did not get the chance to know you, but I know you will be missed terribly. I pray you have gone into the Light and await to reunite (in happiness) those who love you.

Don Emery

June 21, 2019

I spent many fun times on the golf course with Bob......We always had a good competition with John Cole and Bob Brookover.....many laughs as we tried to emerge victorious on our 18th hole double or nothing bet.......Great times also teaching Bob to be a pilot which he achieved. I never told him but he was the easiest student I ever had. Didn't get to see Bob and Robin much since their move to New Bern, but some people don't need a day to day interaction to maintain their friendship........Bob and Robin are great examples of that. So thankful for being able to have had our friendship and we will catch up with you down the road a bit........Our Lord has promised us that......God Bless.....+++

Donna Saunders

June 20, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. I don't know if you remember me or not, I am Joann's sister. Use to live in Baltimore, Md. with my first husband and we would visit Bob's parents a lot. My prayers are with you all.

Ben Henry

June 19, 2019

Unfortunately I never personally met Bob, but know of him thru Robin. From her accounts and photos I have seen I feel this was a missed opportunity for meeting someone who could have been a great friend and feel a loss for that. Prayers for Robin and family on your loss.
Ben and Viola Henry

John Pomeroy

June 19, 2019

Many moons ago, my late wife and I first heard about her baby sister dating Bob. We didn’t know if or how it would turn out, but upon meeting Bob, it was apparent that these two really loved each other. Over the years I have never seen that love fade. Plus I had a chance to know what a decent and caring person he was. Even in his final weeks, he was more concerned about how his situation was affecting Robin and others, more than himself. Proving that, he was an amazing individual that will not be forgotten.

Rick and Cindy Wayland

June 19, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We remember him from St Thomas UMC as a gentle giant whose smile lit up the room. We are praying for you!

Tony & Linda Re

June 19, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to Robin and the Ware Family. May the many memories of good times spent with Bob help you through this difficult time. Bob will be missed by his friends and family. May he rest in peace.

Debby (Cohen) Clark

June 18, 2019

Bobby has always been unforgettable!!
There are so many great (fun) memories
when we were young and care free.
Mr. Personality could have been his
middle name- /even though he is gone
he won’t be forgotten.
My condolences to his family.
Class of ‘66 WSHS
Debby Clark

Bob hetrick

June 18, 2019

My life long best friend I will miss you. I am so sorry we lost contact in the last 20+ years, but you were never forgotten. Grade school was so much fun with you and high school WOW. Thanks for your service to this great country of ours. No one could have been a better friend than you. Condolences to your wife and son. Bobby Hetrick and Bobby Ware----that sounds so good to say again.

Karen Duehring

June 17, 2019

Woodbridge Senior High School, Class of 1966, Woodbridge, Virginia, extends its sympathy and condolences to Bob's wife and son. Bobby was voted "Most Talented" in the Senior Superlatives. He was one of those classmates everyone knew. Bobby will be remembered on the football field, baseball diamond, and behind the drums as part of the RipTydes. RIP dear friend.