Arthur E. Warner

May 30, 1922June 7, 2013

Arthur Eugene “Art” Warner

COLUMBIA - Arthur Eugene “Art” Warner, 91, of Columbia, SC, died on June 7, 2013. Born on May 30, 1922, in Altona, Indiana, to Vern and Ethel (Button) Warner, he remained a proud Hoosier to whom Indiana was home no matter where he lived. Dr. Warner is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of almost 72 years, Ann Bradin Warner, with whom he walked the pathways of life, and by three children who loved and leaned on him: Arthur E. Warner II of Defiance, OH; Patricia J. Warner (T. Dary Erwin) of Harrisonburg, VA; and Melissa J. Warner of Glen Allen, VA. His firstborn daughter, Linda A. Pataky, died before him. He had ten “adorable, precocious” grandchildren: Scott Holzwart (Cindy) of Elkton, MI; Zachary Erwin of Manassas, VA; Whitney Erwin of Harrisonburg, VA; Nathaniel (Mary) Erwin of Los Angeles, CA; Matthew McClenahan of Richmond, VA; Elizabeth Scoggins of Richmond, VA; Amanda Warner of Portage, MI; Brandon Warner of Defiance, OH; Todd Mickelson of Novi, MI; and Sherri (Doug) Kirkland of Ocala, FL. His firstborn granddaughter, Stephanie Holzwart Collins, predeceased him. Dr. Warner rejoiced in his eight great grandchildren: David Holzwart of Stanley, ND; Nicholas, Katherine and Kimberly Holzwart, all of Elkton, MI; Bo Mickelson of MI, and Madison, Jackson and Emerson Kirkland, all of Ocala, FL. A brother, Richard L. Warner (Geri) still resides in Auburn, IN. His only beloved sister, Ila Warner Greaf, of Garrett, IN, preceded him in death in 2012. His service in the Army in World War II allowed Art to pursue his dream of a college education and pursue it he did. With a wife and two children in tow, he enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, in August of 1946 and seven years later left with a B.S., Masters and Doctorate in Business. While there he did landmark research in condominiums and was a founding member of the Homer Hoyt Institute of Post Doctoral Studies in Land Economics. In 1948 Indiana honored him as the outstanding World War II veteran student, and he was in three honor societies. Both learning and teaching were lifelong passions. While a Professor of Finance and Real Estate at Michigan State University, he packed up his family and went to São Paulo, Brazil for two years to assist with developing the business school of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, which awarded him the Medallion of Merit in 1974. He spent nine years as Dean of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, one year as such at American University in Washington, DC, and he retired from the University of South Carolina as Chair Professor of Real Estate and Finance. He authored 23 books and monographs and too many journal articles to count. In his leisure time Dr. Warner enjoyed reading, traveling, golf, a good single malt Scotch and being with his family, “not necessarily in that order.” The grandchildren and great-grandchildren to whom he was “Popo” were blessed by his patient, wise, kind and loving presence. As babes on his shoulder they were soothed to sleep; as wee ones on his knee they helped solve the New York Times crossword puzzle; as children by his side they learned to swim and play golf (and strive to reach his record of seven holes-in-one); and as adults they called him with any questions on their minds and hearts. He will forever be missed and never be forgotten by all who knew and loved him. Dr. Warner was a lifelong Presbyterian and an elder at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. A service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held in his home church in Garrett, IN, on August 17. Memorial gifts may be made to Garrett Presbyterian Church, the scholarship fund of Garrett High School, or Heartstrings Hospice of Columbia, SC, or the hospice of the giver’s choice.


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Angie Warner

June 17, 2013

You will be greatly missed, Uncle Art. Such great memories of your summer visits to Indiana. Lots of love to Aunt Ann, Patti, Melissa and Bud and the entire family. You will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeff, Angie, Ethan and Jonah Warner

Lorie Lucas

June 13, 2013

Uncle Art: Such a kind and inspiring man. He always had a warm smile, great stories and he was the best Old Fashion maker.
He will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may the wonderful memories bring you comfort.
Jeff, Lorie ,Tyler,Logan and Chrissy

Beth, Scott and Sam Brown

June 13, 2013

When I became a part of the Warner family years ago, I was welcomed with open arms by Art, Ila, Grandma Warner and many others. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this family and most of all to have had the chance to get to know Art and his wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

June 13, 2013

God has blessed me with having a great older brother,he helped me in many ways, I hope he has found our sister.He had a very wonderful life. He was loved by all.

Your Loving Brother Richard L. Warner

Deborah Cruze

June 13, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult journey. May your wonderful memories of this special man give you peace and strength. Melissa, I wish that I had met your father--he must have been an amazing father and mentor. Our hearts join you in deepest sympathy.
Love, Deborah & Gary Cruze

Brenda & Jason Bell

June 12, 2013

Our thoughts are with you all. Art will be missed, especially at our summer get-togethers.

June 12, 2013

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shll be comforted. Matthew 5:4 You are in my prayers. Margaret C Cundall

Debbie Smith

June 11, 2013

Art will be remembered as a sweet and kind man with love for everyone. My Dad and Mom, Delmar & Betty Smith knew both of them growing up and saw each other when they could. They always talked highly of Art and Ann too.

I was able to also be around Art and Ann. Art was a precious and giving man. I would light up when I saw him and go get a hug. Art was very special to me.

All my sympathies to Ann and all the families. My heart and love are with you all.

May God keep His arms around you and give you Peace.

Debbie Smith

June 11, 2013

Patty and family,
It sounds like your father lived life as we all should. What joy you must feel to have him as one of your role models. You and your family will have memories to share for years to come. With sympathy, Elly Swecker


June 11, 2013

We have known Daughter No. 2 - Patti Warner - for all of her years in Harrisonburg where Doug greatly enjoyed working with Patti at James Madison University. Both shared a great love of Indiana University and serving the greater good, traits obviously learned from her father. What a rich and enriching life Art lead and has obviously passed it on to those he loved. In celebration of a great life, you are in our thoughts. Doug and Betsy