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).