Thomas Jefferson Warwick
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Thomas Jefferson Warwick, beloved brother, husband, father and grandfather, departed this life on Sunday morning, September 29, 2013 and soared into the presence of his Living Lord and Savior. Back home in heaven, he has joined the angels and will continue to praise and rejoice the Glory and Grace of God forever more.
Born the only son to Thomas Jefferson and Marie Nicholas Warwick on July 9, 1932, Tommy was born and raised in Greenville County. His family, including a younger sister, Jean, lived in the downtown area until he was almost fourteen when they moved to Sentell Road. Growing up there, Tommy met lifelong friends Dick Deshields, Cadillac Jones and Gene Seay.
Years later in 1954, Tommy brought his young bride, Sarah Anne Fisher Warwick, home to Sentell Road to raise their children. After residing there for 62 years, moving only in 2008 to McDaniel Greene a few years after his precious wife had entered an assisted living facility. Tommy loved his condo and his dear neighbors and often called McDaniel Greene "the hidden gem of Greenville".
A dedicated and faithful servant of the Lord, Tommy was life long member of Earle Street Baptist Church. His faith and the church had always been an integral part of who Tommy was. He met his wife during a ping-pong tournament there and a few years later, it was where they were wed. His parent's funerals were conducted there and all of his children were married there. Tommy was an active member of the church serving on a number of leadership committees and in various capacities during his life: Training Union Coordinator, Sunday School teacher, men's softball coach, deacon and Chairman of the Deacons just to name a few.
Professionally, Tommy found his life's calling in the insurance business. Known as the 'working man's friend', he was a Special Agent and Registered Representative with Prudential for 52 years. During that time, he won numerous awards, was a member of several professional organizations, opened his own office and developed a network of colleagues and dear friends which lasted a lifetime.
He was a member of the North Greenville Rotary Club for 40 years serving as President in 1985-1986. He was active in the Greenville County Republican Party and served as Secretary. He also served on the board of Charleston Southern University.
An IPTAY member for 59 years, he loved tailgating and attending football, basketball and baseball games at Tigertown! He was always a gracious host inviting his friends to join in the festivities, sharing game tickets and his parking pass. Though he always loved the Tigers, his proudest Clemson memory was seeing his granddaughter, Ivy, graduate in December 2007.
Tommy was a people person who never met a stranger, loved to share a meal and fellowship with others. He loved attending Greenville Drive games, firework shows and the downtown area.
Tommy was predeceased by both his parents, an infant grandson Jonathan Warwick, his brother-in-law Everett Bieger, and most recently, his devoted canine companion, Naomi.
While Tommy's generosity, guidance, love and sense of humor will be missed by all those who knew him, his family rejoices that he produced much fruit and is now with his Lord and Savior. Those left behind to continue his legacy of generosity and faithfulness and honor his memory include his beloved wife, Anne Warwick, his only sister, Jean Warwick Bieger; his children, Sally Warwick Clark, husband Jackie; Jeff Warwick, wife Dimi; and Cathy Warwick Harrison, husband Guy; his grandchildren, Ivy Warwick Reed, husband Benjamin; Jake Warwick, wife, Carrie; and Lee and Ross Harrison.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 2:00pm at Earle Street Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Stephen F. Clyborne and Rev. Eddie West. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 4 - 7pm at The Mackey Mortuary.
Pallbearers are Cadillac Jones, Dick Deshields, Rev. Tim Vaughn, Rob Freeman, Dick Mitchell, Paul Wickensimer, O. Cliff Phillips and Jake Warwick.
Honorary Pallbearers include Paul Goldsmith, Ray Gray, Joe Cochran, Hap Marshall, Gene Seay, David Carson, Jim Thomas, Tim Brett, Rev. Harold Killian, and all current and former deacons of Earle Street Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, it is respectfully requested that those desiring to honor Tommy's life of faithfulness, submit a memorial to Earle Street Baptist Church, 225 W. Earle Street, Greenville, SC 29609.
The Mackey Mortuary. Online registry available www.mackeymortuary.com
311 CENTURY DR GREENVILLE, SC 29607
Published in The Greenville News from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2013