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.
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Published by Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 7, 2011.