Warner, Porter III

U.S. Army Veteran Was Accomplished Photographer

Friday, January 24, 2020
Porter Warner
Porter Warner

Porter Warner Ill passed peacefully surrounded by beloved family on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Mr. Warner, a Lookout Mountain native, was a long-time resident of Signal Mountain, where he enjoyed life with his devoted wife of 56 years, Barbara Dalton Warner.

In addition to Barbara, Porter is survived by their daughters, Elizabeth Warner Stewart (Bob) and Anna Warner Turley (Lloyd) of Signal Mountain. The Warner grandchildren include granddaughters: Mary Landress Stewart, Grace Gilman Stewart, Elizabeth "Ella" Wells Stewart, Elizabeth Henley Turley and grandson, Lloyd Sanders Turley Jr., all of Signal Mountain.

Also surviving are beloved siblings: brother, Doug Warner and wife, Sandra of Lookout Mountain and sister, Mimi Warner Iversen and husband, Judd of Belmont CA. Surviving siblings-in-law include Lis Warner, Anna Dalton Overend and husband, Bill, Suzy Dalton and Robert Dalton.  A host of cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends also survive.

In addition to his parents, Porter Warner Jr. and Jane Gilman Warner, Mr. Warner was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Henley Warner. 

A graduate of Bright School, Mr. Warner was a member of the 1954 graduating class of Baylor School. Mr. Warner remained an active alumnus of both institutions. Upon graduation from Baylor School, he attended The Citadel. Recently shared from his personal journal is the quote "I shall always be indebted for the two years of my college life spent at The Citadel, learning the importance of rules and regulations, as well as the need for discipline...all of which are the educational essentials for constructive and orderly living." Mr. Warner graduated from the University of Chattanooga (UTC), in 1959, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Mr. Warner served the Chattanooga Cotton Ball as a 1958 King.

Mr. Warner honorably served his great nation in the U.S. Army, fulfilling his patriotic commitment, in 1962. He remained an American patriot, passionately committed to the founding ideals of the United States.

A devout Christian, Mr. Warner was a devoted member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, having served for many years as Financial Secretary, Vice Chairman and Director of the Board of Laymen's Ministry. Additional service included leadership roles on the Church Parish Planning Council and the Chattanooga Mission Council. Mr. Warner was a guest member of the Marion Gaston Prayer Group of First Presbyterian Church. Other memberships included The Navy League of the United States, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Tennessee Historical Society, Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, Friends of the Chattanooga-Chickamauga Military Park and The Citadel Alumni Association. 

Mr. Warner was an accomplished photographer, having enjoyed his passion for decades. He especially enjoyed the development of his own photographic content from "film" negatives. Additionally, Mr. Warner was an avid train enthusiast and model railroad builder and collector. Mr. Warner was most scholarly in matters related to history, geography and current events. Rarely would he miss an opportunity to engage others in conversation regarding same. Among his most endearing attributes was his keen sense of humor. Bright smiles and hardy laughter were hallmarks of his gracious personality befitting of the consummate southern gentleman.

Early in his career, Mr. Warner was employed with the Gilman Paint and Varnish Company. He later retired as a sales and technical consultant with Porter Warner Industries. Professional memberships included The Steel Structures Painting Council (having served as Treasurer of the Tennessee Chapter) and long-term association with The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.

The Warner family remains most appreciative of the compassionate medical services provided by the offices of Edward R. Arrowsmith MD and David B. Elias MD and the domestic healthcare provided by Priscilla Konsavage.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 3–7 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Chapel.  Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Porter Warner III Youth Ministry Fund, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Avenue, East Ridge, TN  37412.

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road, East Ridge, Tn. 37412. 

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com. 

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