Jean Ware


Jean Ware, 82, of Cleveland, departed this life on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Tennova Healthcare.

Born on Dec. 5, 1939, in McMinn County, to the late Alton and Eva Watson, she was a longtime resident of Cleveland and an active member of Phillippi Baptist Church. She was retired from American Uniform and enjoyed traveling, cross-stitching, reading, and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Allen Ware; granddaughter, Hilary Ware; great-great-grandchild, Peanut Arp; and all her siblings.

Left behind to cherish her memory, are her children, Rhonda Jenkins (Randall), Jay Ware (Carla) and Jeff Ware (Jennifer); grandchildren, Jennifer Riojas (Marcos), Samantha Hyde (Josh), Meredith Herring (Josh), Madison McDaniel (Giles), Olivia Ware and Abagail Ware; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

A Celebration of Life and Homegoing for Wilma Jean Watson Ware will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Phillippi Baptist Church, with Pastor Sammy Hooker officiating.

Interment will follow in Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until the funeral hour at the church on Wednesday.

We invite you to send a message of comfort and view the family guestbook at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service, Cleveland Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.



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