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On Sunday, May 8, 2022, Charles R. Warnock Jr. passed away at age 85 after suffering with Parkinson’s Disease for many years.

Charles was born in Bulloch County, GA on March 31, 1937, to Charles Robal Warnock Sr. and Elizabeth Glisson Warnock. He graduated from Savannah High School in 1955 where he met the love of his life, Mary Lee Smith Warnock, whom he married in 1958. In addition to his wife of 63 years, Charles is survived by a daughter Leslie W. Malchak (Tim), a sister Carolyn W. Lehman, a brother Richard H. Warnock Sr., granddaughters Alyssa and Katherine Tillman, great granddaughter Lilia Tillman, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Throughout his life, Charles had a special love for all aspects of the natural world. He participated in various activities dedicated to gaining knowledge and protecting birds, reptiles and other creatures. He was most at home at the helm of a boat on the waterways of the coast or paddling along the Ogeechee river. He was an excellent photographer and captured many beautiful images of wild flora and fauna seen along his travels. He was an avid birder and a founding member of the Ogeechee Audubon Society. He was a participant and leader of many sea turtle nesting projects along the Georgia Coast as well as in Costa Rica and Belize. He and Mary Lee spent many years building and installing more than 125 Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes in Chatham, Bryan and Bulloch Counties and documenting the success of those nests which yielded over a thousand fledgling bluebirds.  Charles worked as a volunteer for the U.S Fish and Wildlife service on the Savannah River and Wassaw Island Refuges. He logged over 10,000 volunteer hours over 20 years, earning him two NFWS Regional Director’s Awards in 1993 and 1995 and a National Service and Volunteerism Award in 1996.

Charles was always quick to share his knowledge about and love for the natural world with others whom he encountered throughout his life. For this he is remembered with fondness and gratitude by many.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 o’clock Friday evening, May 13, 2022, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service. Interment will take place at 4:30 at the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery – 9566 Mud Road, Brooklet, Georgia.


Online Condolences

  1. Robert and Brenda simpson says:

    We had the the pleasure of being neighbors of Charles years ago. He always had time to help our children to learn the great outdoors. Thanks for the memories, our thoughts and prayers to Mary lee and leslie

  2. Billy & Sonja Miller says:

    Leslie & Tim , We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad we are so grateful for his love of wildlife. He made a wonderful impact on how he lived. God’s grace mercy and blessings for you and all your family. Billy & Sonja Miller.

  3. Kimberly Machovec Rogers says:

    Learned of your husband’s passing! My thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate the days ahead of you! May the Lord extend you grace and mercy!
    Blessings, Kimberly Machovec Rogers

  4. Jimmy Watkins says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Linda Lynes says:

    Mary Lee and Leslie,
    I am so very sorry to learn of Charles’ death. Please know that many of our “Windsor Family” share their love and sympathy with you and yours. I will notify our former Windsor faculty and staff today. I will be in Dallas, GA visiting my college roommate and her husband this week, so I will miss the visitation and funeral, but know that my prayers will be with you during this most difficult and sad time. With Love,

  6. Connie and James Preston says:

    We LOVED having Charles and Mary Lee as neighbors on our street for many years. Their love and respect for the natural world was, and still is, so inspiring! We enjoyed seeing the Bluebirds and lots of butterflies in our neighborhood because of them. Charles left this part of our world a much better place. My prayer is that Mary Lee will find peace and joy in all her fond memories of their life together…it is a true love story.

  7. John Aubrey Brown says:

    Dear Mary Lee and family, Sincere condolences to you and family. As a distant relative and life long friend, I always admired Charles for his devotion to the protection and preservation of wildlife. He inspired others to love our world.

    John Aubrey

  8. Lynn Platt Hagan says:

    Mary Lee and Leslie, my prayers for comfort and peace for you in the days ahead. I will be out of town and won’t be at the service, but will visit with you soon.
    Much love,
    Lynn Hagan

  9. Linda Herman says:

    Mary Lee and family, I am sad to learn about your dear husband’s death. I did not know Charles, but I know he had a heart for all living things. He was surely loved. Mary Lee, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Linda Herman

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