Dr. William Charles Warner
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Respected orthopedic surgeon and long time Jackson resident, Dr. William Charles Warner, 97, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Trezevant Terrace in Memphis, TN.
Dr. Warner was born in Panama City, FL, April 26, 1916 to Gracie Sheppard Warner and William Ples Warner. He spent his early years in Montgomery, AL and later moved to Durant, MS where he graduated from high school in 1934. Continuing his education at Mississippi State University, he played the trumpet in the Famous Maroon Band and graduated with honors in 1938.
Inspired by his grandfather, Dr. Charles Sheppard, he began his study of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Oxford for two years and graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA in 1942.
Dr. Warner completed a one year internship at Henry Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA before being called into military service with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He served as a military officer in the Philippines and by 1946 rose to the rank of major as a flight surgeon with the P-38 Fighter Squadron. After the war, Dr. Warner completed his residency at Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis, TN. Moving to Jackson, MS, he practiced with the Jackson Bone and Joint Clinic for 32 years.
An avid Mississippi State fan, Dr. Warner served as an orthopedic consultant for the MSU Athletic department for approximately 35 years. He considered it an honor and privilege to care for the various players over the years and enjoyed working with the coaches and trainers.
Dr. Warner was board certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a member of the Clinical Orthopedic Society, and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He served as Chief of Staff at Baptist Medical Center and Doctors Hospital.
During his distinguished life and career, Dr. Warner received numerous awards and recognitions including Mississippi State Alumnus of the year in 1977. He was inducted into the Association of Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994, into the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1997, and was an honorary member of the MSU "M" Club.
He was a faithful and active member of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church where he served on the Administrative Board, Wednesday Night Fellowship Committee, and the Board of the Methodist Children's Home.
Dr. Warner was known for his kind and gentle spirit. His work ethic, dedication, and optimism influenced countless others, both professionally and personally.
Dr. Warner was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Ross Warner, his parents, and his brother George Sheppard (Shep) Warner. He is survived by his daughter Lynn Warner Grant (David) of Nashville, TN, his son William Charles Warner, Jr. (Susan) of Memphis, TN and grandson Ross.
Visitation will be from 10:30 to 12:00 Wednesday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland, MS followed by a service at noon to celebrate his life. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, 305 North Congress St., Jackson, MS 39201 or to the Mississippi State University Foundation, PO Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Apr. 30, 2013