Cynthia M. Warlick

November 18, 1947April 2, 2019

Cynthia M. Warlick, age 71 of Knoxville, passed away April 2, 2019 at Ft. Sander’s Select Specialty Hospital. She retired from Knox County Schools after 27 years teaching. Preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Sarah Hodges; brother, Ronald Hodges; father and mother-in-law, George and Ginny Warlick; brother-in-law, Daniel Warlick. Survived by her loving husband of 49 ½ years, George “Biff” Warlick; daughter, Melissa Lynn Warlick; sister, Nancy (Kenneth) McNeil; sisters-in-law, Gail Warlick, Jennifer L. Warlick (David), and several nieces and nephews. Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, 2:00 pm at Weaver’s Chapel with the Reverends, Tim Earl and Archie Fendley officiating. Family request no flowers at service but would like donations be made to Central Baptist Church of Bearden. Condolences are welcome at “GOODBYE CLANCY”


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, April 7, 2019

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Sherrie Rumbolt

April 7, 2019

I met Cynthia when we both worked at West Haven Elementary. Her face was always an excited face. And I remember her bubbly spirit in her classroom--(I think she worked with second graders then)--which told me she was enjoying what she was doing. A person who enjoys being in the classroom is an effective teacher.
A few years later I bumped into her at CBC Bearden; there was that same bubbly, excited face, even though she probably was having to deal with pain.
I think she was the type of person who looked for delight in her living. . . . and you know, that is infectious.
Sweet Cynthia . . . she spread some beautiful seeds among the many she touched. Maybe that was her Jesus Joy shining through.


Betty Hall

April 5, 2019

Cynthia has been a friend of mine for over 40 years. If you have also been blessed by her friendship, you know that she was a loyal friend. She never forgot my birthday, she would call to catch up if we hadn't seen each other for a while, and she would laugh at my jokes even if they weren't funny. She was smart: she was a voracious reader. She loved non fiction but eagerly read whatever genre our book club was reading that month. And when it was her turn to present, she prepared like no one else. She loved book club so much that she wanted me to check her out of Well Park Physical Therapy so she wouldn't miss leading the discussion of our book for March! Cynthia was an amazing baker. Her angel biscuits were to die for. She entered them in the Knoxville Biscuit Festival many years ago. They should have won... just saying. The recipe can be found in the infamous New Covenant Presbyterian Church Cookbook (which she co-authored). At New Covenant, Cynthia, George and Melissa were very active. When she began attending Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, she often told me how much she enjoyed her Sunday School class, especially some ladies she referred to as her "sisters". Recently, Cynthia joined the bible study I attend at West Hills Presbyterian Church. She was a devout Christian. Cynthia did not fear death. The day before Cynthia died, she called me. She shared with me that she thought "this" (her illness) would take her out.....eventually. I asked her what she thought about that. Her only concern was for her daughter, Melissa, when "she and Biff (George) were in heaven." But in the mean time, she would "live, live, live until she died, died, died". And she did! Even though Cynthia was hampered by childhood polio, a stroke, oxygen tanks, and a walker...if someone invited her somewhere, Cynthia was ready to go. She didn't complain or allow her disabilities to constrain her. I will miss Cynthia.
Betty Hall