Warner, William Spencer

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William Spencer Warner, of Blacksburg, Va., and Charleston, S.C., passed away on Monday, October 10, 2011. As a loving husband, father, and grandfather he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Bill was born in Bluefield, W.Va., on August 19, 1948, to the late William Blair Warner and Margaret Prentice Warner.

Surviving are his wife, Jane Moss Warner; son, Jack Spencer Warner and wife, Teri, of Bellingham, Wash.; two stepchildren, Sara A. Warrick and husband, Robert, and Michael Arrington, all of Charleston, S.C. He is also survived by two sisters, Donna W. Willard and husband, Richard, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Gail W. Wolff and husband, William, of Ft. Worth, Texas. Bill had three granddaughters, Addison Georgia Warner, Hannah Jaclyn Warner, and Harper McCallum Warrick. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Bill did not move to Blacksburg until his senior year of high school, but always considered Blacksburg his hometown. After his graduation from Virginia Tech in 1971 with a degree in forestry, Bill moved to Skykomish, Wash., and worked for the forest service until joining the Washington State Patrol in 1972. Bill was extremely proud of his 25 years of service to the Patrol, first as a Trooper and then as a Detective Polygraph Examiner. As a diehard Hokie fan, Bill was rarely seen without his Hokie gear and loved to meet and talk with other Hokie fans wherever he went.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2011, at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, Blacksburg, Va., from 6 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of his Life will be held on at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2011, at the funeral home with burial to follow at Westview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 7544, Olympia, WA 98507 (360) 866-9555 (http://www.wspmf.org/) or contact Sharon@wspmf.org.