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Adams Funeral Home of Nixa
Wednesday April 7th, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Adams Funeral Home of Nixa
Wednesday April 7th, 2021

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Afton Ware

Afton L. Ware, age 87, of Highlandville, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021. He was born June 22, 1933 in Highlandville, Missouri, the son of Willie and Flossie (Melton) Ware. He married Judith Ann Blevins November 27, 1960, and together they had two sons, Jeff and Jim. Afton was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Flossie Ware, two brothers Lowell Ware and wife Bonnie, and Orville Ware and wife Betty, and niece Tienne (Ware) Hollis. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Jeff Ware and wife Rachel, and Jim Ware; a granddaughter, Jeff and Rachel’s daughter, Jamie Elizabeth Ware; nephews Mark Ware and wife Jackie, Dennis Ware and wife Julie, Curtis Ware and wife Chris; a niece Jan Chase and husband Terry; great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. In 1949 Afton graduated from Highlandville High School, the last graduating class at this school. After attending college Afton joined the Air Force, serving from 1952 till 1956. While in the service he passed the exam to be a pilot but chose to work on power units for jet engines. After leaving the Air Force, Afton worked at Eagle Picher in Joplin, Missouri where he developed new systems related to silver reclaiming. He then worked in the laboratory at Frisco Railroad. Afton was hired to become a forensic chemist in Jefferson City’s Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory where he served for 35 years. During this period Afton became a “Fellow” in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and was a member of Midwest Association of Forensic Sciences and became a founding member of Clandestine Laboratory Associates. Afton was immensely proud of the time he spent with the Highway Patrol and the business he began for testing drugs. Afton loved his Church. He was most proud of designing Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and took many visitors to see it. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 7, until the service at 11:00 AM at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Pastor Danny Hartwell and Pastor Travis Edwards will be officiating. Burial will follow in Highlandville Cemetery. The Ware family requests that you wear a face mask when greeting the family,

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So many memories of Afton! First, I, Kris, was always so impressed with his intricate mind and ability to have so many inventive ideas! Judy and Afton were hustlers in the world of entrepreneurship. Long before it was popular to start your own business they both went after it! Afton and Judy stayed with us at least once if not twice in those early days of their business going to the LA Police conferences to share Aftons inventions. We were so proud just to watch on the sidelines as they shared their stories, inventions and samples to launch their products! It was a winner Afton! Visits to MO always made us miss living closer. Judy and Afton many times opened their home to us and showed us all around! Afton was a deep thinker so when he talked I always listened. A true man of God! Earth will be void one less man of God but heavens gain of more saint! Looking forward to seeing you and Dad again! You were loved and will be missed Tim and Kris Washam

Kris Washam Jun 27 2021 12:00 AM

So sad! Judy ,God bless you and your family! PRAYERS, Peace and Comfort! He was a wonderful man! Miss by all, not forgotten!

Pearl Bostic Apr 9 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Afton family-I knew Afton very well and had him on the witness stand voluminous times, probably between 25-50, not only during my time as prosecutor, but thereafter. He was a very honest and forthright person on the witness stand and always told the truth whether it helped his case or hurt. He was admired greatly. I knew a number of people that knew him, including Donald Smith and Gene Geitzen, and I know that Afton had the highest reputation. He was a good public servant and will be missed. May God bless your family in this time of personal need. Sincerely, Dee Wampler

Dee Wampler Apr 8 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.

Susie Gelven Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

Keeping Judy & Family in my thoughts & prayers at the loss of Afton! When i was a young teenager living on E. Elm St. I remember babysitting in the evenings several times for The Ware's newborn son Jeff on Peyton Dr in JC ....& i also especially remember Judy's artistic mural talent in the nursery & how extremely nice they both were!.... With deepest sympathy from Debbie ( Stegeman) Branson JC Mo

Debbie Branson Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

I absolutely loved this man. I spent several occasions with Afton and if you didn't learn from him something each time, you wasn't paying attention to him. He was sweet and he loved his Ol Poot Judy(inside joke). He shared a lot with me about how special she was to him. Heaven definitely gained a true, real, angel right here! The memories of what Afton taught me over the years will forever be with me!!!

Clell Maples Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Afton Ware

Clell Maples Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

Marla and I offer our heartfelt sympathy to your family on Afton's passing. We still remember the lab Christmas party at your house in the seventies. Also, there are memories of the time you had a fire in your home, we worked to store your furniture in our basement until you could fix up your home. Afton was truely a caring, gentleman. He was an innovative scientist and such a good mentor early in my career at the lab. He was always looking for methods, equipment and instruments to do our job better. I remember Afton volunteering to setup the Troop D Lab on the university campus in Springfield with the Springfield PD Lab equipment. Along with Lt. Ford, we made it happen - a lot of work! Afton and I also learned together on how to scientifically investigate clandestine drug labs onsite. Quite interesting experiences there! We regret that due to prior commitments we are unable to attend Afton's services in person. Please accept our condolences.

Everett & Marla Markway Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Jay, Angie, Barry, Todd and Kristy Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

Judy and family, I was so sorry to read the news of Afton's passing. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Charlie, Mary Jo, Derek, Brandon, and Chandler Ware Lawrenceville, GA

Charlie Ware Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

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