Otho Thomas “O.T.” Ware
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Hathorn Funeral Home for Otho Thomas “O.T.” Ware, 71, of Columbia, who died on Monday, Aug. 31 in Hattiesburg. Burial followed in Sharon Presbyterian Cemetery in Magee. Jerron Carney officiated at the services. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 at Hathorn Funeral Home.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol Honor Guard honored him with a 21 gun salute, played taps and presented his wife with the American flag.
Originally from Mize, he was a long time resident of Columbia. He was lovingly married for 33 years. For three decades, he served his community with distinction and honor as a Mississippi Highway Patrolman, retiring as Captain of Troop J on Dec. 31, 2008. Prior to his career in law enforcement, he toured the country as a bass player and vocalist in the Southern rock band “Thunderhead.” The group recorded an album and shared a stage with some of the most celebrated musicians of the time.
He is remembered by his family and friends as a respected, curious, intelligent, witty and loving man. He built large remote control airplanes and went on long motorcycle adventures with his friends. He was an amateur astronomer and a wonderful photographer. He enjoyed fishing, boating and had a special affinity for tiny convertibles. Most of all, he enjoyed creating special moments for the people in his life.
Exceedingly thoughtful and generous, he went above and beyond to make sure everyone in his presence felt welcomed and enjoyed themselves.
He was preceded in death by his father, William G. Ware.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Thornhill Ware; mother, Doris McAlpin of Magee; two daughters, Jennifer Ware (André Phillips) of Somerville, Mass., and Ariel Ware of Columbia; brother, James Ware of Mize; aunt, Catherine Pope of Madison; uncle, Truman Brown (Evelyn Brown) of Shreveport, La, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Pat Green, Allan Thompson, André Phillips, Ronnie Dobbs, Hal Jones, and Samuel Landry.
Honorary pallbearers were members of Troop J of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Michael Ventimiglia, Bobby T. Torello and Pat Rush, former members of the band “Thunderhead.”
Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.hathornfuneralhome.com
Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of the arrangements.