The cheerful 'face' of Spanish Oaks Sales circa 2004, has passed away. Ray was a good salesman, full of enthusiasm and likability.
Raymond M. Ware, 59, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the home of his sister in Pittsburg, TX after a 3 1/2 year battle with brain cancer. Ray was born in Ypsilanti, MI on June 18, 1951 to Delores and Raymond Ware. He graduated from the University of Toledo in 1974 and began a long career in men's retail with J. Riggings menswear in St. Louis, MO. In 1990, Ray moved his family to Hilton Head Island to realize a lifelong dream of owning his own retail business. He owned and operated a small chain of shoe stores, known locally as Shoes, Etc., for 10 years. In 2001, he embarked on a new career in real estate development which took him to Austin, TX, Las Vegas, NV and Steamboat Springs, CO. He returned to Hilton Head Island in 2007 to be closer to his family after being diagnosed with cancer. Ray is survived by his two children, Tanner M. Ware of Hilton Head Island and Caitlin J. Ware of Des Moines, IA; his sister and brother-in-law, Pamela and Jerry Goforth of Pittsburg, TX; his nephew, Todd Goforth and family of Plano, TX; his former wife, Kathleen Ware of Hilton Head Island and his beloved Golden Retriever, Lucy. Memorial services will be held at the end of the month in Plano, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ray's name to Texas Home Health Hospice, 500 E. Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605 or the RET Pediatric Cancer Foundation, 14 Wells East, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926.