Donald Ray Warner, Sr., 74, of Woodstock, passed away Monday, October 8, 2012, at home after a 12-year battle with cancer.
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Dr. Warner was born in Woodstock on November 22, 1937, son of the late Gabriel Warner and Sylva Heavener Warner.
He was a former member of the United Methodist Churches in Woodstock and Colonial Beach and was presently a member of the Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren.
He graduated from Woodstock High School in 1956, Ferrum Junior College with an Associate's Degree, Lynchburg College with a Bachelor's Degree, Emory University with a Master of Divinity Degree, the University of Georgia with a Master's Degree and the University of Southern Mississippi with the Doctor of Education Degree.
Dr. Warner was a teacher in Gwinnett County, Georgia and served as principal in Prince William County (Woodbridge) and Frederick County (Gainesboro). He also served as an administrative assistant to the late Frederick County Superintendent, Dr. Melton Wright. Dr. Warner served for 17 years as the Division Superintendent of Colonial Beach Public Schools during which the new Colonial Beach High School was built through the use of community fundraising and a Virginia Literary Loan. He served a total of 38 years in public education.
Surviving family members include his wife of 53 years, Rachel Day Warner; a son, Donald Ray Warner, Jr. and his wife Jessie of Woodstock; two daughters, Penny Yvette Ransier of New Market and Krista Rose Osborne and her husband David of Woodstock; 12 grandchildren, Tamyra Painter, Donald R. Warner III and his wife Elizabeth, April Warner, Jordan Warner, Daniel Warner, Quinton Warner, Hope Warner, Alicia Wood and husband David, William Ransier, Jr., Joshua Gum, Tristan Gum, Branson Osborne; and 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Olive Rose Young and her husband Bob; 4 brothers, the late Gabriel Warner, Jr. and his wife Opal of Chester, Johnny Warner of Woodstock, Elwood Warner and his wife Johanna of North Bend, Oregon, and a twin-brother, Daniel Warner and his wife Sarah of Fairfax.
There will be a Dr. Donald R. Warner, Sr. Celebration of Life ceremony at the Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren, 20910 Senedo Road, Edinburg, Virginia 22824 on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. William Fitchett officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren or the Gideons International, The Shenandoah County Camp, P.O. Box 793, Mount Jackson, VA 22842.
Dr. Warner is donating his body to medical science in order to help others.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from October 9 to October 10, 2012