Mother Doris Ware Henderson was born on March 4, 1923, to the late Beverly Abercrombie and John Williams in Verbena, Alabama. She was the eldest of six children. Mother Henderson departed this life on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at Cambridge Post Acute Center in Snellville, Georgia, after a brief illness. On November 1, 1941, she married Roger William Ware from Coosa County. To this union, nine children were born. They remained happily married for 53 years, until his passing.
Always a nurturer, at the age of 19, she mothered and raised her younger siblings following the early death of her mother. She also became the caretaker for her father until his death in 1957.
She accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age in life and joined Shady Grove Baptist Church. A few years later after moving to Clanton, she joined Hopewell Baptist Church, where she faithfully served for many years. Mother Henderson had a fervent love of church hats and made sure she donned one every Sunday morning. She later moved her membership to Morning Star Baptist Church.
Mother Henderson loved the Lord and his people. She often served as Mistress of Ceremonies for several church programs and never missed an opportunity to share the goodness of the LORD! Whether through a poem or a funny story, Mother Henderson embodied Job 12:12 “ Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old”. Mother Henderson served as Chairwoman of the Deacon’s Wives, Missionary Department, choir member, and Sunday School teacher. She was known to attend the Alabama Baptist Convention in Selma for countless years.
Throughout her life, Mother Henderson enjoyed various hobbies. She was an avid fisher, and could be found casting a rod even in her Sunday’s best. She loved crafts (ceramics, quilting, sewing, cooking), yard sales, and traveling. In her later years, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and joined Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully on the Mothers Board.
She lived her life to the fullest. She married Mr. Robert Henderson on March 22, 1997 and they remained happily married, until he preceded her in death in 2001. Additionally, she was employed with Chilton County Transit as bus driver and dispatcher.
Mother Henderson possessed a servant's heart and always took pride in her work in the community. She was a member of the Happy Homemakers Club and Chilton County Extension Club. Additionally, she was a volunteer with various community organizations. While employed, she served in many capacities (cook, bus driver, and homemaker assistant). She also worked as a bus driver and dispatcher for the Chilton County Transit Service, where she later retired. She also worked several years with Community Action.
Mother Ware Henderson was a pillar of the West End community. She would not hesitate to discipline any child that misbehaved in her presence. Although she was firm, she was also full of love and humor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son (Joseph William), one daughter (Bridgenna Gayle), her husband of 53 years (Roger Ware, Sr.), one sister, three brothers, and two grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish loving memories, seven children: Dorothy Miller, Robert Ware, Roger Ware Jr, Margie Hudson, Dianne Milliner, Marcella Godwin, and Zelda Sims. 27 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; 17 great- great grandchildren; one brother: James Williams, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.