Longtime Hays County Court at Law Judge Howard S. Warner died Saturday after succumbing to esophageal cancer. He was 67.
“Until the chemo kicks my butt, as I am fully aware it will, I intend to stay on the job, doing what I do. After the treatment is over and I am well enough to come back to work, I will do so. I intend to complete this term in office,” Warner wrote May 20 in an e-mail circulated among county employees.
Warner wrote that he underwent radiation and chemotherapy starting more than a year ago to treat a cancerous tumor in his throat, which was thought to be in remission until May 1. He wrote, “This recurrence, as many of you have noticed, has affected my voice box and that’s why I am talking funny. There are certain things my voice will not let me do, but I do expect to work as usual.”
Warner served 27 years on the bench, most recently winning re-election in 2006.
Visitation is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at Pennington Memorial Chapel, 323 N. Comanche St., in San Marcos. Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Tejas Hall building at Texas Old Towne, 1205 Roland Ln., in Kyle.
— BRAD ROLLINS
UPDATE 2 p.m. July 20: Warner’s daughter, Michelle “Missie” Warner Haislip, released the following statement on behalf her family through Hays County spokesperson Laureen Chernow:
“We’d like to thank the professional community and social groups here in Hays County that knew and worked with our Dad for the outpouring of love and generosity shown to the family.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who were close to him and who let us know he made a difference in their lives. In his last days he was more concerned that his family, friends and co-workers were all okay than he was about himself – that’s the way he conducted himself throughout his life, with concern for others.
“He treated people with integrity and respect his entire life; he followed the Golden Rule. He didn’t see people by the color of their skin, their financial status or their profession, he looked at the heart of the person. He judged people with honesty and integrity and hoped he would be treated the same way.
“Again, our thanks to the entire community for their support and friendship.”