Thomas Clayton Ware, 88, a 50-year resident of Lookout Mountain, died on Friday morning, July 14, 2017, at Hospice of Chattanooga.
He taught English at the University of Cincinnati for five years before coming to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1967 where he taught primarily Irish and British Literature for 40 years, 20 of those as the head of the English Department. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, two of which were in Hawaii as an aerial photographer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lindsay and Josie Ware and five brothers: Don, Roger, Jerry, Dennis, and Steve Ware.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Judy, five children and their spouses, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Daughter, Susan Cofer of Chattanooga, grandson, Michael Cofer of Sarasota, Fl., granddaughter, Catherine (Brian) Lowe (Claire and Audrey) of Sarasota, Fl., granddaughter, Elizabeth (Chris) Miller (Jackson, Andrew, and Charlie) of Humboldt, SK, Canada., daughter, Linda (Jack) Atchley of Signal Mountain, son, Tom Ware of Lookout Mountain, granddaughter, Lindsay Ware, Rachel Ware, and grandson, Clay Ware of Ringgold, son, Matthew (Paula) Ware of Chattanooga, granddaughter, Brooke Ware of Chattanooga, granddaughter, Caroline Ware of Chattanooga, son, Christopher (Celeste) Ware and grandson, Memphis Ware of Indianapolis, two sisters, Pat Robertson and Peggy (Bob) Schoenoff of Louisville, Ky., brother-in-law, Dave (Carolyn) Klosterman, great friends and world travel companions for 30 years, also from Louisville, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the UTC English Department in his honor.
There will be a memorial gathering for family and friends in Chattanooga at a later date.
“I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you.”
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Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404…