- Ada, Oklahoma

October 25, 2013

Lewis Rice “Sonny” Warner

Ada —

Lewis Rice “Sonny” Warner passed away October 22, 2013 in Oklahoma City. He was born on May 27, 1929 in Ada, Oklahoma to Edna Rice Warner and W.C. “Pop” Turner. 

He was preceded in death by three sisters; Wauneta Boone, Billie Zachry, and Avonelle Mason, four brothers, George Warner, Jake Warner, Hal Laird, and John Laird and parents, Edna Warner and W.C. Turner.

Sonny is survived by his nephew, David Dean and wife JoAnne of Moore, three great nieces, Shelley Madden and husband John Madden of Moore, Tracy Gourley and husband Wade Gourley of Oklahoma City, and Glenda Wooten and family of Marlow.  Other family members are, Denise and Nolan Brown and daughter Harper Grace Brown, Brandon and Alyson Gourley, Matthew and Luksana Madden and daughter Bryanna all of Oklahoma City, and George and Cari Madden and children Wesley, Mia, and Hannah of Edmond.

The family would like to include the following as honorary family members and special friends; former Senator Billie Jean Floyd and family, long-time loving friends, Tim and Trudy Mills and their children, his second family, Pat and Dee Cristelli and children who loved him as their own, and Mike and Nancy O’Brien for all of their love and support.

Sonny was not an ordinary man from Ada, He touched the lives of every individual he met and instantly made friends with them. He was a regular attender at the McSwain Theater, never missing a performance and even sang at the close of shows. Also, the country group “Little Texas” included him in their song, Missing Years. He loved country music, automobiles and sports. He knew the ends and outs of country music and cars, right down to the nuts and bolts. For over fifty years, Sonny was present at sports events, cheering on his local teams. He watched generations of kids play little league, encouraging them every chance he had to hit a good one. In addition to the time spent at games, he spent many hours at car dealerships, advising good auto purchases to friends and family. He was voted Salesman of the Month several times. Cars were his passion in life.

 Sonny had a distinctive voice. He had a stutter when he talked, but when he prayed there was not a stutter one. He was an innocent man that lived his life for Christ. He was a true example of how to live a Christian life.

Services to celebrate the life of Sonny will be Wednesday October 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ada, Okla.

In memory of Sonny,  donations may be made to the youth baseball program.