William Clarence Warwick Jr.


William Clarence Warwick, Jr. (Bill), was born on January 15, 1929 in Hamlet, NC to Pearl Stanton Warwick and William C. Warwick, Sr. He died on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, NC.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth English Warwick; son, William C. Warwick III (Billy) and wife Shelly of Winnabow, NC; daughter, Laura W. Poole and husband Don of Youngsville, NC and their four children, Rachel, Rebecca, Gabe and Josh; sister Martha Sue Burnette and aunt, Eunice Huckabee of Southport, NC; sister-in-law Betty Jean Wood and husband Rex of Cullman, AL; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bill proudly served as a Merchant Marine from 1945-1947 and in the United States Navy from 1948-1952 in the Korean War.

Following the war and many years of work and higher education, his 30 year career as an educator included private and public school service that included roles as teacher, counselor, headmaster and psychologist. He retired from Robeson County School Systems in 1993.

Bill had a lifelong love of reading and writing and at age 77 decided to document his true-life war stories with two books: "A Sailor Comes Home" and "Sampan Blockade - A Sailor's Story of Survival".

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Oak Grove Cemetery in Maxton, NC with Rev. Lester English officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Wesley Pines Retirement Home Benevolent Fund, 1000 Wesley Pines Road, Lumberton, NC 28358.

Online condolences may be made at www.floydmortuary.net.

Online condolences at StarNewsOnline.com

Published by Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 7, 2011.
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My Dearest "Aunt Libby",
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of saddness. Uncle Bill has been such an inspiration in my life. His smile,his books, his knowledge of family and life.He will be greatly missed
by all who knew him. He will always be close to my heart. Take care of yourself, one day at a time.
Love, Frankie
Frances Lombardo (Frankie Warwick)
March 26, 2011
Frances Lombardo (Frankie Warwick)
March 26, 2011
Elizabeth, Billy and Laura,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, as you continue the grieving process over the loss of your beloved Bill. We are so grateful that our pathes crossed at Wesley Pines a few years ago and learned that Bill is a distant cousin. Mother (Hazel) felt comfort in finding family just down the street, when she moved to Wesley Pines and will continue to welcome and enjoy visits from Elizabeth. When the moonflower blooms this year, we will think of Bill and know he is smiling down on us. We will miss his loving welcome smile and many stories he so loved to tell. Continue to take each day at a time.

Much love,
Margo & John Foster
March 16, 2011
Dearest Billy and Family,
The news of your dad's passing brings such pain to my heart and tears to my eyes. He and your mother were a huge part of my life for many wonderful years and I will never forget them. Your father particularly was always so interesting to listen to and such a sweet hearted person. In my mind he will always be that tall strong man with a warm personality and never parted without giving me a hug. It was by shear accident that I found out about his passing today. I was looking for a book and saw that he had written several and on the web page I found this link. I can't express the sorrow I feel for you and your family. I know there will be void in your lives that can never be filled but have faith that he is watching over each of you. Know that his influence will be in everything that you do. He was a man that left an impression on everyone he met and I know he has influenced many lives in a positive and honest way. Although it has been years since I last saw him I will miss him very much. I will read each of his books and feel every word just as I did when I used to listen to him. Please take care and know that you are always in my heart and mind.
Many Blessings,
Lynne Thompson Masters
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Lynne Thompson Masters
March 10, 2011
Elizabeth and Martha we are so sad to hear of Bill's sudden passing. We shared many emails and thoughts. I will miss my first cousin so very much.
Kenneth Gray
March 9, 2011
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