“They shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” - ISAIAH 35:10
Calvin Linwood Warner Sr. was born in Hopeton, Virginia on January 19, 1940 to the late George H. Warner and Lovenia White-Warner, who preceded him in death. Calvin was the youngest son of ten siblings. Calvin was affectionately known by his family as “KID” and “Poppy” to his grandchildren.
Calvin accepted Christ as his personal savior, was baptized, and became a member of the Rock Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Calvin received his formal education from the public school system of Virginia. He graduated from Mary N. Smith High School in 1960 with his diploma. He went on to receive his higher education at the University of Georgia where he received his bachelor’s degree.
Aside from his wife and family, Calvin’s greatest devotion was to the military. Calvin’s military career played a very important role in his life. He frequently pointed out that his military career taught him the value of discipline, teamwork, and investing in a cause larger than himself. His military career allowed him to travel the world having the opportunity to live in many places in the US and experience the good life. He served honorably in three military branches, beginning his military career in the United States Air Force where he served honorably for four years receiving a Good Conduct Award. He then went on to enlist in the United States Navy from 1964-1987 and served in the Meritorious Unit Commendation receiving a National Service Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and a fifth Good Conduct Award. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief in June 1987. He wasn’t done yet and continued his military career with the United States Coast Guard Station in Cape Charles, Virginia where he served until he passed. He also supported numerous veterans’ groups and causes throughout his life and made charitable donations to our nation’s veterans.
Calvin was employed for fifteen years at the Department of Defense starting there as a Sales and Service Specialist and then promoted to Commissary Store Manager at the Garden City, New York location until he retired and moved back to his hometown on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Calvin was devoted to his wife of twenty-one years Pamela Savage. They met at the Mary N. Smith High School alumni reunion. They had a brief courtship and fell in love and married on August 1, 2001. He and Pam enjoyed jumping in the car and traveling state to state visiting their children, grandchildren, and other family members and friends. The two of them would spend hours watching basketball tournaments and enjoyed most of all setting sail on his boat to fish in the Chesapeake Bay. Calvin was an avid sailor and had a great love for the sea and was happiest when he was out fishing on his boat. He loved boats and fishing so much he ended up purchasing two boats. He loved to take family and friends out and enjoyed every minute of his time at sea. He loved sports, especially basketball, and was an avid golfer. Calvin loved and lived life to the fullest!
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents: George H. Warner and Lovenia White-Warner; his siblings: George, Geraldine, Francis, Charles, Fannie, Martha, and Bertie Elizabeth.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Pamela Warner; His Legacy: son, Calvin L. Warner, Jr. (Chrissy); daughter, Shavoria Azpeitia (Alex); grandchildren: Deja, Dewane, Dimetri, Shawn and Makayla; great-grandchildren: Carter and Nino; siblings: John A. Warner (Mary Ann); sister, Ada Bell; sisters-in-law: Doris Hack, Linda Matthews (Eugene), Serene Washington, Shirleen Addison (Charles) and Sarah Savage; a brother-in-law, Sylvester Savage (Kateria); as well as a host of beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends.
May The Peace of Christ Rule Our Hearts,