John Hugh Warwick

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John Hugh Warwick, age 86 of Aberdeen died on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his residence. Mr. Warwick was born May 21, 1931 in Fairmont, NC and lived in Maxton and Laurinburg for nearly forty years before moving to Aberdeen in 2007. He was a member of both Maxton Pentecostal Holiness Church and most recently Aberdeen Pentecostal Holiness Church. For over 45 years, he served as a Deacon in the Maxton Church for several terms.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Warwick retired from the U.S. Army in 1972, having served in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. With the 40th Infantry Division during the Korean conflict, he concluded his combat deployment on Heartbreak Ridge at the time of the Armistice signing in July of 1953. After the Korean conflict, he served two additional tours in South Korea and one in West Germany. At home, he was assigned to numerous infantry and training commands at Fort(s) Benning, Bragg, Dix, Gordon, Jackson, Lee, and McPherson. In 1969, during the Vietnam conflict, he was critically wounded and medically evacuated while serving as a platoon sergeant with the Wolfhound Regt, 25th Infantry Division. After an extensive medical recovery, SFC Warwick received combat logistics training and subsequently served a second tour in Vietnam as a senior logistics leader at the U.S. Army's Long Binh Logistics Depot. He was the recipient of three Bronze Stars (one awarded for combat valor), numerous other commendation, campaign, service, and national defense medals. Further, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart and authorized to wear the second award of the Combat Infantryman's Badge. His keen pistol marksmanship earned him the U. S. Army's Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge, awarded while serving as the coach of the U.S. Third Army's Pistol Team from 1966-1968.

He then worked in textiles retiring after 21 years from West Point Stevens. He was a member of the Maxton Pentecostal Holiness Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Devoted to his family, John will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mrs. Eunice Driggers Warwick and son-in-law, David Coble.

John leaves behind his loving wife, Mary Lynn Simmons Baker Warwick of the home; sons, Jerry L. Warwick, Ronald “Ronnie” Warwick (Kimberly); daughters, Cindy Warwick, Wanda W. Defoe (Dale), Teresa “Terry” Warwick; brother, Rev. Horace Warwick (Helen); grandchildren, Sarah Warwick, Rachel Warwick, Stephen Warwick, Kevin Warwick, Scott Young Medlin, Jr. (Colette), Daniel Defoe, John Ryan Defoe; great grandchildren, Jack David, Olivia, Katlyn Danielle, Haily Strickland.; step children, Jackie Logwood (George), Wendell Baker (Betty) and Sharon B. Wilson; step grandchildren, Connie Logwood, Renee Flute, Brandon, Kevin Baker (Teresa), China, Nevin, Jack, Carter; step great grandchildren, Nehemiah, Jr., Auriah Taylor, Orianna, Joanna, Mia and his nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, at Richard Boles Funeral Service. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.

The family requests for memorial donations to be given to the First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Aberdeen or FirstHealth Hospice Foundation.