Warner was born on November 16, 1933, in Mecklenburg County North Carolina. Warner was born to Horace Dominick and Mamie Gregory. He was the youngest of three brothers. He was proud of and admired his older brothers, Billy, and Jack, throughout his life and spoke of them often.
Warner contracted polio at a young age and because of this he spent many years in and out of the Schriner's Hospital where they cared for him until the age of 16. Afterwards he lived and worked in South Carolina until 1957.
In 1957 Warner moved to California. Upon arriving in California, he settled in the South Bay and worked in a textile mill, before training to be an electrician. He became member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and continued in this trade for 23 years working on many major projects throughout the area until he retired. Warner was proud of his work and often while driving with him he would point out a building or facility, stating that he had worked there when they were building it.
Warner made friends easily. He formed decades long friendships in California with neighbors, co-workers and other people he met throughout his life. He loved to sit on his porch swing and talk to neighbors and passersby alike. It seemed that everybody knew Mr. Warner. He also stayed closely in touch with several relatives in the south, talking to many of them on an almost daily basis. For many years he would make an annual trip to the eastern United States in October to visit relatives and friends. Inside his home, Warner loved his rocking chair, which you can tell by many of the photos on the video screen.
Warner had a passion for Elvis Presley and became a huge fan of his. He acquired quite a collection of Elvis memorabilia that he proudly displayed throughout his home. When Elvis impersonators performed locally, or sometimes not so locally, we would pack up the car and go watch the shows.
He also loved to go to casinos and played the Lotto daily. Warner was a sports fan and loved to follow the Dodgers and Rams. He would often call his grandson Kevin to see what channel a sports event was on and talk sports. He also called his nephew Rick in Florida to talk about football on a regular basis. Warner also enjoyed the horse races and when Kevin was younger, he would take him to the track and introduce him to all his friends there.
Warner never let his bout with polio slow him down or stop him from doing what he wanted. He was a strong and determined man, some people may have even considered him stubborn. He lived a long life and lived it the way he wanted. He managed, or you could say insisted, on living on his own until his 90th birthday. He was very independent.
On December 31, 2023, Warner succumbed to chronic medical issues and passed away.
He is survived by four daughters; Wanda (71) of Greenwood, South Carolina, Donna (69) of Columbia, South Carolina, Billie Carol (66) of Torrance, California, and Lisa Jo (59) of Long Beach California as well as several nephews, nieces, grandchildren, and cousins.
A small memorial service is planned for Saturday January 20th, at 1:00 PM at the Coastal Funeral Home at 25001 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717
Donations to the Shriners Hospital in memory of Warner are requested in lieu of flowers.