Hershell Houston Warner


While surrounded by his loving family, Hershell Houston Warner left this earth to join his Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, on May 1, 2016. His long battle with cancer and its complications ended. He had just celebrated his 83rd birthday on April 13.
Hershell is survived by his loving wife of 60 plus years, Doris (Cox); his son, Ed, and his wife, Sil; his daughter, Connie Warner

, and her husband, Hershell; his granddaughter, Tamra Srianant, and her husband, Bert; his grandson, Trey Warner; his sister, Angie Petty; his brother, Billy and his wife, Sandra; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Hershell was preceded in death by his parents, William H. Warner and Jewell A. (Billings); and brothers:
A.J., G.W., William A., Earl D., and Charles E. Warner.
Hershell graduated from Mannsville High School in Mannsville, Okla. His first two years of college were completed at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. His education was continued at Oklahoma A&M University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 1955, he decided to drop out of school to marry the love of his life, Doris.
Immediately, he was inducted into the US Army and served as a radar operator for two years of active duty. His four years of inactive duty was completed in Fresno, California with an honorable discharge in 1961.
In 1958, he became a real estate appraiser for Fresno County, Fresno, Calif. While he served in his profession, he continued his education at Fresno City Community College and Fresno State University. Thirty-four years later, he retired.
During this time he served his community by being a Little League baseball coach and volunteered with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. He loved participating with his family in playing guitar, singing, water-skiing, square dancing, leather tooling, camping, fishing, gardening, traveling and church activities. He was well known for his taking time to assist people who were stranded due to car trouble even if he would be late for an event.
He and his wife bought a ranch in Dale, Texas in 1998 to be near their children and grandchildren. That place became his Heaven on earth. He and his passion for life will be missed by all who knew him well. A memorial and celebration of life will be held at McMahan Baptist Church at 6084 FM 713, Dale, Texas  at 11 a.m. on June 4, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Hershell’s name be made to McMahan Baptist Church Building Fund or Youth Group; the local food bank or Health Sense Foundation (Hospice).



  1. Christine Cox-Kovacevich 31 May, 2016 at 15:19 Reply

    I will forever remember the great love Uncle Hershell showed our family. He was larger than life and always made everyone smile.

    Aunt Doris, Connie, Eddie, Sil, Little Hershell, Tamra, Trey, and Bert, our prayers are with you. I know you are feeling a tremendous loss right now. I wish we could go back in time and visit the years of elephant panty hose, Cowboy Koolaid, volleyball, and baseball games. Fishing, singing and playing cards or dominoes seems so long ago.

    Love each of you with all my heart.

  2. Chuck and Lois Pace 31 May, 2016 at 15:20 Reply

    Hershell was such a blessing to be around. We only knew him from church, but learned to love him greatly. He was so teachable and willing to learn the Word of God, his biblein Sunday School and was so faithful. Doris we love you and want you to know we will see Hershell again…we have not lost him…we know exactly where he is at.

  3. William F Wwarner 31 May, 2016 at 18:10 Reply

    We will miss him! We continue to pray for strength and healing for all the family. Frank and Shirley Warner

  4. Chris & David Jones 31 May, 2016 at 20:25 Reply

    We are so glad to know & love the whole Warner Family @ McMahan Baptist Church. Wish we could’ve gotten to know Hershell better, and we will be able to someday!

  5. Merv and Beverly Parker 1 June, 2016 at 01:19 Reply

    We will all miss Hershell so much. He will always be in our thoughts and we know we will meet him again one day.
    Our prayers are now with Doris and family as they grieve the loss of such a wonderful and loving man.

  6. Tamra & Bert Srianant 1 June, 2016 at 04:43 Reply

    I am so blessed to have had you as my grandpa. I will think of you always when I hear the steady roll of thunder or feel the raindrops falling from the sky. Your strong, steady hands were always there to guide me on my journey through life. I’ve learned a lot about this world through your guidance and direction: how to be humble in the face of accomplishment, how to be strong in the face of adversity, how to be quiet in times of turmoil, how to love with all my heart, and how to follow the words of the Lord. You will be missed by many. The world lost a beautiful, gentle man, one of my greatest heroes, and the most peaceful, hardworking, and loving souls to ever walk on this earth. But heaven gained an angel.

    We love you, Gramps.

  7. Terri C-Charpilloz 1 June, 2016 at 13:32 Reply

    I never met this man, but I am sure he was a good man, a good provider & a loving husband & father. Sir, may you sleep with angles.

  8. Rose & Ron Westman 4 June, 2016 at 13:29 Reply

    We have so many special moments and memories of Hershell and family. He had such a gentle and caring soul. Hershell always made us feel welcome and part of his beautiful family. He was a great role model and had so much character and charisma.

    Life is a gift from God. Our children, family, friends, neighbors, and strangers are all gifts to be savored. Although some days may be full of hardship and sadness, each breath, heartbeat, and thought illustrates the beautiful gift of life. When a love one is lost, try to avoid the feeling of being robbed or wronged. Keep the positive memories alive and thank God for the blessings in your past, present and future.

    Doris, Ed, Sil, Connie, Hershell, Tamra, Bert and Trey; please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Our love for you Hershell will live in our minds and hearts forever.

    Rose and Ron Westman

  9. Bret & Sharlotte Petty 4 June, 2016 at 17:50 Reply

    So very sorry we couldn’t be there today to celebrate the wonderful life of Uncle Hershel. There are so many wonderful memories that we have of this great man and his family. He was loved by all who knew him and he generously returned that love. He will be missed by all, but we know he is in a better place with a healthy strong body. We love you Aunt Doris and our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Love, Bret and Sharlotte

  10. Louis Warner 14 June, 2016 at 14:42 Reply

    I’m glad to have had such a kind man as part of my family. We will miss you Uncle. I’ll be praying for the rest of the family. Love to all.

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