Richard Vance (R. V.) Warner died Sunday, October 7, 2018, in Warren, Arkansas. He was born May 23, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, a son of the late W R Warner and Cecelia Morin Warner. He received his education in the Warren Public School System, was a graduate of William and Mary College with a degree in Business Administration and from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. R. V. served in the U. S. Air Force. He joined Potlatch Corp in 1953 as a methods engineer; was promoted Vice-President of the Southern Division and in 1979 was named Vice-President of Potlatch Corporation Wood Products Group with office based in San Francisco, California retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Little Rock branch of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank Board of Directors where he served as Chairman of the Board in 1983. He was Chairman of the Board of Review of the American Lumber Standards, Washington, D. C. serving from 1990 to 2001. He was a Board Member of the National Forest Products Association and served on the executive committee. In 1959 he joined the board of the Southern Forest Products Association. He was named a Director of the American Forest Council in 1987; served as a Director and President of the Arkansas Forestry Association in 1983. In 1987 was a Director and served as Treasurer, Vice-President and president to the Associated Industries of Arkansas and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. He has been President of both the Prescott and Northwestern Railroad and the Warren Saline River Railroad; member of the University of Arkansas Forestry Advisory Committee. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Warren Country Club and the Donald W Reynolds YMCA. An avid golfer, Warner, also, enjoyed training his bird dogs and deep sea fishing.
Surviving is his wife of 38 years Betty Anne Hemphill Ederington Warner; 1 son William Richard “Rick” Warner, III and wife Phyllis, Warren, Ark; daughter Kathy Warner Murphy, West Memphis, Ark; 2 step daughters Lou Anne Anderson and husband District Judge Bruce, Warren, Ark and Mary Lynn Richardson, Erie Colorado; grandchildren Adam Warner, Warren, Arkansas, Patrick Murphy, Lantana, Florida, Celia McGilvray and husband Drew, Little Rock, Ark, Jase Richardson, Denver, Colorado and Aaron Richardson, Erie, Colorado. Great grandchildren Warner Ledbetter, Vance Warner and Murphy McGilvray. He was also preceded in death by a wife Shirley Daugherty Warner; a sister Jane Warner Atkins, a brother W R Warner, Jr and 2 grandchildren Taylor Warner and Erin Warner Ledbetter.
Graveside services were 11:00 am Wednesday, October10, in Oakland Cemetery with Flag presentation ceremony, with Rev. Gary Harrison officiating. Arrangements were by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Lewis M. Frazer, Gary Haygood, Corey Ledbetter, Drew McGilvray, Patrick Murphy, Aaron Richardson, Jase Richardson, Adam Warner, and French Wynne, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were James Brazeel, Carlton Davis, Conrad Deal, John B. Frazer, Jr., Rusty Rowell, Tom Smeaker, and Dr. Joe H. Wharton. Memorials preferred Donald W Reynolds YMCA, David Ritchie, secretary, 402 North Main Street, Warren, Arkansas 71671 or Donor’s choice. Online obit/guestbook www.frazerfuneralhome.com