Lunsford Edward Warner, 78, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. He was born on June 12, 1944 in Columbia, LA to James Reginald Warner and Ruby Mae Chapman Warner.
Lunsford is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Mary Ann Warner; and sister, Jean Johnson. Lunsford is survived by his daughters, Cindy Warner Thompson and husband Matt of Blythewood, SC and Sonya Warner Hawkins and husband Curtis of Ruston, LA; brothers, James “Butch” Warner (JoAnn) of DeSoto, TX , Bruce Warner of Ashland, OR; and sister, Terry Warner Monroe (Mark) of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren, Natalie Maser (Adam), Morgan Thompson, Ann-Marie Ochsner (Marc), Taylor Chennault (William), Jake Hawkins and Mary Grace Hawkins; great grandchildren, Alec Maser, Alena Maser, Adora Ochsner, and Claire Chennault as well as numerous special in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Lunsford and Mary wed on October 6, 1962. Soon after, he gave his life to Christ and joined the U.S. Air Force. He served his country for 22 years, including tours of duty to Guam, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was then stationed in Aviano, Italy for 3 years – a time the whole family cherished for years to come. Lunsford served as a deacon, and assisted with the youth ministry at his church while stationed at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, LA. After retiring from the Air Force, Lunsford taught Jr. ROTC at Ruston High School for 6 years, followed by 16 years as a manager with Lowe’s stores in Cleveland, TN; Lancaster, OH; Jackson, TN, and finally Tupelo, MS.
Lunsford loved people and he loved to make them smile. He liked to joke around and did so right until the very end. Lunsford was loved and will be missed by so many. He had a very kind, giving and nurturing heart. He touched so many lives.
Services for Lunsford will be Tuesday, November 29, 2022 in the Chapel at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, LA. Visitation will be at 10:00 am with service to follow at 11:00 am and interment will be held at Kilpatrick’s Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, Louisiana.
Honoring him as Pallbearers will be Matt Thompson, Curtis Hawkins, Jake Hawkins, William Chennault, and Gary Boutwell.
The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers of Premier Hospice for their kindness and service to Lunsford over the last few weeks.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at http://www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com