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LakeAnnaLifeTimesOctoberNovember2015 10 DiscoveringTheSpecial Aseriesdocumentingthosethathaveleft aheritageworthnoting by C.C. McCotter WWhat makes Lake Anna so special to so many people both resident and visitor alike Is it the clear clean and warm water Is it the abundant fish and birds that also make the lake their home Is it the lake lifestyle that features boat parties and places with names like Cocktail Cove The Sand Bar Kayakers Beach Skinny Dip- pers Cove and Bohemian Bay Or is it places like Tims Anna Cabana Anna Point Marina High Point Ma- rina that offer great access and good times Its probably all of the above as well as a 100 other reasons depending on whom you ask but if you asked folks to name what makes Anna re- ally special their answer more often than not will be something thats natural a breathtaking sunset fall color in the woods a beach the call of a loon a sunrise with birdsong to greet the sun. In this edition we again bring you the story of a person that has made sure that those that live and visit here will be able to enjoy this type of intrinsic beauty undeveloped and green appreciating places that re- main a bit wild and untouchable. These are the special people and places of Lake Anna and we should all be grateful to them. Marvin Ruffner Ware was born Sep- tember 12 1924. He married Nancy Traynham April 15 1949 and was the father of five girls. He passed away on March 17 2007. Ware served in the US Army dur- ing WWII spending most of his time in Germany and France. A farmer by heritage he also worked for Louisa County Schools after his morning chores driving a school bus starting in 1963. It wasnt long after that he became part of maintenance depart- ment for the school system which he retired from after 23 years of service. Ware was a short but very strong man at 56 with small feet and large biceps. He was a hardworking man and you can see that in his rough working man hands. He loved to chew his tobacco and always carried a can for spitting. He was determined assertive and direct. When he was out working the fields he would be wearing old school is- sued blue or green work pants and shirt with a sweat-stained white t- shirt underneath it all. When it was cold Ware dressed in thermals flan- nel and overalls. When it came time for church and funerals he would al- ways wear a dark suit usually Navy with a white shirt and tie. Ware was always good about visit- ing friends and family in the hospital. He enjoyed visiting on Sunday after- noons. He loved to talk and always had a story to tell. According to those that can remember he could make WWII sound like Boy Scout camp. Each night after diner it was the news and the Wheel of Fortune or he headed to Dickinsons Store to catch up on the news there. He loved sitting on the porch or under the shade of a tree. He loved his family children his dogs and his cattle. He believed in hard work saving your money and that a man was as good as his word. He had many friends and was a good friend to many. In February of 2006 an amazing thing quietly happened at LakeAnna. The State Park grew by 367 acres and the person that sold it took less than what he was offered by a developer. That person was Marvin Ware. During that cold winter there was a hot deal made between the local farmer and a northern Virginia de- veloper. Ware would sell the north side of Ware Creek and the develop- er would have thousands of feet of prime waterfront with a sunset view to create Annas next subdivision. Wares land had been in the family for over 200 years and no one had lived on the property since the pass- ing of Wares grandparents Thomas and Sally in 1936. They are buried on the property Their son Levy C. Wares father inherited the land and he and his son Marvin farmed it side-by-side until Levy passed in 1977 when Marvin inherited it. PeopleAndPlacesOf Lake Anna TheLegacyOfMarvinWare Paddling fishing all possible For many years cattle were kept on the property during the warm months. When the lake came in the late 60s it was cultivated cropland mainly a hayfield. Timber was also harvested to clear for more farm- land. At the time of the deal in 2006 Marvin was maintaining Ware Hill as a tidy hayfield. RuthLebarronWarephoto