Charles E. Warford, owner of Warford-Walker Mortuary and long time community leader passed away on July 19.
The mortuary’s website states:
Mr. Warford was a prominent businessman and community leader of Amarillo who first moved to the Texas Panhandle in 1937 at the age of 12.
He graduated from Patten High School and later served in the United States Navy during World War II.
After serving, he returned to Texas and completed his education from Landig College of Mortuary Science in 1947. He worked at funeral homes in Abilene, Dallas, and Henderson before settling in Amarillo.
Over the years he has served in various capacities at Mount Zion Baptist Church including Deacon, Trustee and Sunday School Teacher.
He is one of the founders of Amarillo’s United Citizens Forum established in 1981 and served as President.
Amarillo has been where he and his wife, Wilma, raised their family and impacted the community in a meaningful way.
The city council has voted to name the old north YMCA after Warford when it reopens following the renovations.
Warford was 92-years-old.