Howard S. Warner II, age 67, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, Texas. Born in Vicksburg, Miss. on April 26, 1942, he was the son of the late Lawrence Glover and Mable Myrtle Askew Warner. He received his high school education at Woodbury Forrest Preparatory School. He received his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1967. Howard practiced private law in Jackson, Miss. until February 1976 when he became a corporate attorney for Grelling Oil Company in Beeville, Texas. He moved to San Marcos in September 1977 when he became the Attorney for the Director of the Hays County Legal Aid Department of the Community Action Agency. In March 1982, Warner was appointed by the Commissioner's Court to the position of County Court at Law Judge of Hays County to finish the term of John Jackson. Judge Howard S. Warner II has served the community of San Marcos and Hays County as the County Court at Law Judge for 27 years.
Judge Warner has been active as the Juvenile Judge for Hays County presiding over thousands of cases. As part of those duties he had the pleasure of working with many law enforcement officials, citizens and families in the community in order to serve the needs of the children of Hays County. He also taught the Juvenile Justice course at the former South West Texas State University in their Criminal Justice Department for several years. He served as one of the founders of the Juvenile Center.
Judge Warner was a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Hays County Bar Association and the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas. He was a member and past president for several years of the Hays County Criminal Justice Association, and a former director of the Greater San Marcos Youth Shelter.
Judge Warner was on many BBQ Cook-Off committees and foundations for various activities that raised thousands of dollars for under-privileged children in Hays County. He was a great listener, a great story teller, a mentor, a teacher, a philosopher, and a friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glover and Mable Warner.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Howard S. Warner III and wife Alisa of Tennessee; two daughters, Michelle Warner Haislip and husband Jeff of Tennessee and Jacqueline Askew Warner of San Marcos; four grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence Warner of Vermont and Chick Warner of Vicksburg, Miss.; and five nieces.
Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, at Pennington Funeral Home. Funeral services were at Texas Old Town in Kyle, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Lone Oak Cemetery, Lewisburg, Tenn. Visitation with the family will be one hour before the service at London Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or M.D. Anderson Hospital.
The pallbearers in Tennessee will be Howard S. Warner III, Jeff Haislip, Andrew Zelhart, Jayce Pickle, Scott Miller, and John Harding.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311. Visit our website at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com.