Warren L. Webster passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at his home in Laurel, after putting up one heck of a battle against cancer for almost four years.
Warren was born on June 14, 1938 in Hebron, Md., and was the last surviving child of eight children born to the late Dorothy and Captain Dave Webster.
Warren graduated from Mardela High School with the class of 1957. He loved sports and was the co-captain of the soccer team in his junior and senior year. During that time, the team went undefeated, something about which Warren loved to reminisce. He was also a member of the MHS baseball and basketball teams. While a junior at MHS, Warren joined the U.S. Army Reserves and was given the nickname by his high school buddies of “Joe”. After graduation, he served six months active duty, and then went to work for DuPont in Seaford for about 25 years. His last position there involved serving in management in the Textile Works Engineering Group.
Warren and his first wife, Elaine Fletcher Webster, lived for many years in Sharptown, Md. Warren and Elaine, who preceded him in death, were the parents of three children, Cindy Webster Bradley (Craig), Karen Webster Beach (Jim Corron), and Keith Webster.
Warren (and Sarah) are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren, Kim Bradley Scott (Troy), Justin Bradley (Danielle), Erik Beach (fiancé Miranda Dickerson), Brittany Beach Banks (Jeremy), and Allie Beach and seven great-grandchildren, Tyler Scott, Caleb Scott, Abby Grace Beach, Ellie Mae Beach, Kyleigh Chesley, Caden Banks, Silas Banks, and a much anticipated great-grandson due around Christmas to Justin and Danielle Bradley.
While at DuPont, Warren met and married Sarah Thompson from Georgia. During their almost 37 year marriage, Warren and Sarah sung mostly Southern Gospel music all over the Eastern Shore, usually at churches, weddings, funerals, and family and friend get togethers, but sometimes for civic organization events. Warren truly loved playing his guitar and singing. When he took early retirement from DuPont and Sarah was transferred to Georgia, music again played a big part in their lives as they continued their ministry of singing (sometimes with Sarah’s brother, Billy Thompson), mostly for churches, nursing homes, and wherever they felt they could be a blessing and brighten someone’s day.
Warren and Sarah moved back to the Eastern Shore after she retired and have lived in the Laurel area for the last nine years, thoroughly enjoying being back close to their family and loving their neighborhood in Riverview Acres in the Portsville area.
Warren was very active in his church, First Baptist Church of Delmar, for the past nine years, serving as a trustee until health issues forced him to pull back. At that time, he was named an honorary trustee, which he was so humbled by. He loved getting together with the trustees for their coffee klatch club meeting until he was unable to drive due to his illness.
In addition to being preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine, and his parents, Warren was preceded in death by two infant brothers, Billy and Johnny; three brothers, David, Tom, and William Webster; and two sisters, Louise Beauchamp and Joyce Ann Phippin.
He is survived by his second wife, Sarah; and all of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Also surviving Warren are Sarah’s sister, Jane Thompson Fox; Sarah’s brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Dorothy Thompson; and David’s wife, Rosie Webster. Warren also has two surviving sisters-in-law, Shirley Bennett and Clarabelle Townsend and many nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Dr. Odilon Claravall (Laurel) and his staff, especially Julie Howard who worked tirelessly to help Warren and Sarah in whatever way was needed. Also, many thanks to Vitas Hospice for helping in such a professional, caring manner to allow Warren to remain at home until his life on this earth was complete. The care and love shown by both Dr. Claravall’s office and the Vitas Hospice group are priceless to the family and will never be forgotten.
A viewing and funeral service for Warren was held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Delmar. A committal service followed at the graveside in Sharptown Firemen’s Cemetery, Sharptown, Md.
Memorial donations may be made in Warren’s name to The First Baptist Church of Delmar, PO Box 200, Delmar, DE 19940, or Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Ste. 302, Newark, DE 19713.
Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.