CHARLES ROBERT WOODROW WARNER 24, born Columbus, Ohio December 21, 1988, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 14, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Bexley Middle School in Columbus, OH and graduated from Laney High School in Wilmington, NC. He attended UNC Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, also in Wilmington, NC. His life was much too short but very full: His 4H sheep was the best behaved sheep in the Madison County Ohio Fair arena and almost as big as him! In Ohio he played soccer on a U12 travel team when he was 9 and challenged for every ball. Indian Acres summer camp was his passion from his early years as a camper and his later years as a camp counselor - where he inspired hundreds of others to live life with intensity, sportsmanship and grace. His extended Indian Acres family spans the globe. He loved his campers and they loved him. Basketball was his favorite sport. Charlie played varsity basketball at Laney High School and was awarded the "Coach's Award" for his selfless team play - despite playing his entire senior year in a back brace with 2 stress fractured vertebrae. He was proud to have recently bench pressed 245 pounds - he was up to 192 pounds of muscle (from his previous 160). He had an infectious personality and a broad smile that would literally light up the room when he walked in - he was one of those charismatic people that brought positive energy with him. His many friends all over the world can attest to that. He is survived by his parents: Scott and Maggie Warner of Wilmington, North Carolina, Virginia Woodrow and Toni Donisi of Laura, Ohio, Siblings: Grace, Morgan, MaryFrances ("Mances"), Helen and Sam Warner, Grandparents: Beatrice Fulwiler of Englewood, Carlton and Sharon Woodrow of Cincinnati, Aunts and Uncles: Barb and Al Potyk of ME, Peggy and Joe Mark of Dayton, Marty and Kevin Rawers and Dick and Janet Warner of NC, Doug Woodrow of Englewood. Also cousins and other relatives. He was preceded by his paternal grandparents Bob and Fran Warner. In lieu of flowers we have arranged to begin the "Charlie Warner Coach's Award" and donations to Laney High School 2700 N. College Rd. Wilmington NC 28405 directed to the "Charlie Warner Fund" will go to fund a legacy for future players with hustle. A memorial service will be held in Wilmington NC at 2:00 pm Friday June 21st at Pearsall Presbyterian Church 3902 Market St. in Wilmington.
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on June 19, 2013