Obituary of Marvin Ray Ware
Marvin Ray Ware of Kingwood, WV passed peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at the age of 86.
Marvin was born on September 21, 1935 in Junior, WV. He met the love of his life, Sue Carrol Smith Ware, while the pair were attending Fairmont State College. They married on October 29, 1955, and together they built a life with their three children: David, Elizabeth, and Deborah.
Marvin graduated from Belington High School, Belington, WV, in 1953. He then served as a member of the US Air Force from 1955-1959. Following, Marvin graduated from Fairmont State College in 1960, where he served as President of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.
Marvin built a life one could aspire to. He owned and operated Marvin Ware Chevrolet in Kingwood, WV from 1970-1990. After Marvin and Sue moved to Wildwood, FL in 1994, he served as the Head of Security at the Continental Country Club from 1998-2011, as well as served on the Board of Directors.
Up until his passing, Marvin has been a proud, 50+ year member of the Osiris Shriners, the Masonic Lodge, and Scottish Rite.
While Marvin was an incredibly accomplished gentleman, he was also an incredibly ornery one. When he was younger, Marvin enjoyed pranking his sister’s high school boyfriends with oddball pranks such as letting all the air out of their tires, and that love of orneriness never left him. He also served as the life of the party; whether attending an organization meeting, visiting the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, attending the Kingwood Fireman’s monthly buckwheat breakfast, or just out at a restaurant for a bite to eat, Marvin’s friends always lit up when they saw him and they would come by to say hello and visit. He could tell stories for hours, and he had quite the sense of humor and quick wit to catch you off guard. We will miss that the most.
Marvin is survived by his Daughter Deborah Ware DeWitt and husband Craig, of Bruceton Mills, WV; Son David Ware and wife Cathy, of West Roxbury, MA; Sister Gail Sinsel and husband Robert, of Belington, WV; Nephew Barry Alban, of Clarksburg, WV; Nephew Chuck Ware and wife Tracy, of Greenville, SC; Son-in-Law Mark Jacobs and wife Kelly, of Riverview, FL; Grandson Derek DeWitt and wife Kayla, of Falling Waters, WV; Granddaughter Angelina DeWitt and fiancé Ryan Wiznerowicz of Chicago, IL; Granddaughter Chloe Ware, of Tampa, FL; Grandson Gregory Ware, of West Roxbury, MA; Granddaughter Natalie Ware, of West Roxbury, MA; and Great Grandson Bryce Ware, of Lakeland, FL.
He was preceded in death by Virginia Browning Ware (mother), Ray E. Ware (father), Sue Carrol Ware (wife), Elizabeth Ann Ware Jacobs (daughter), Timothy Jared Ware (grandson), Betty Alban (sister), Paul Alban (brother-in-law), Bradford Ware (brother), Odbert Ware (brother), and Opal Ware (sister-in-law).
General Chairman of the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, Kingwood, WV – 1977; Shriner of the Year – 1985, Morgantown Shrine Club, Morgantown, WV; TIME Magazine’s Quality Dealer Award – 1990; Shriner of the Year – 2020, Preston County Shrine Club, WV.
West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, Past President; Kingwood Banking Center Advisory Board Member of Bruceton Bank, Kingwood, WV; Belington Lodge #125, AF & AM, Belington, WV; Elks Lodge # 411, Morgantown, WV; Eastern Star, Kingwood Chapter #62, Kingwood, WV; 32-Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Guthrie, Oklahoma Consistory; Shriner, Osiris Temple, Wheeling, WV; Member of Shrine 100 Million Dollar Club; Morgantown Shrine Club, Past President; Mountaineer Patrol, Morgantown, WV; Lake County Shrine Club, Tavares, FL; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2391, Kingwood, WV; Mountaineer Area Council of Boy Scouts – Executive Board, Morgantown, WV; Preston Business Development Corporation; Preston County Chamber of Commerce; Preston Country Club; Past President of West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association; Lifetime Honorary Member of Belington Volunteer Fire Department; Honorary Member of Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department; Kingwood, WV Water Board, Board of Directors, Vice Chairman; Advisory Board of Camp Dawson, Kingwood, WV.
We invite you to join us on March 26, 2022 for a Masonic Burial Ceremony at the Bridgeport Cemetery at 11am. This will be followed by a Celebration of Life gathering at Deborah & Craig DeWitt’s house at 2pm. For directions, please direct message Debbie (Ware) DeWitt on Facebook or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to Shriners Hospital for Children at donate.lovetotherescue.org. You can also direct your gift to one of the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s three locations: Erie, PA; Philadelphia, PA; or Dayton, OH.
Carl R. Spear Funeral Home in Brandonville-Bruceton Mills, WV, is providing cremation service.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.spearfuneralhome.net