Clinton "Rocky"'s Story
Clinton Leon "Rocky" Warnock, 91, of McAlester, died Friday, January 19, 2018, in Tulsa.
The family will greet friends at Bishop Funeral Service from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Funeral services will be on Friday at 10 a.m. at North Town Church of Christ. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at Hampton Cemetery in Arkansas. The services will be officiated by Kelley Benson. Masonic services will be led by Mr. Mark Halyard and fellow members of the Masonic Temple.
Active pallbearers will be Ridge Smith, Steve Wright, James Steidley, Randy Griffith, Al Madsen and Kim Crissler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Needham Williamson, John Hay, Ernie Smith, Dick Bell, Danny Johnson, Arlan Harris, Oscar Wilkes, Clem Peppers and members of the Masonic Fraternity.
Clinton was born on September 15, 1926, in Charleston, Arkansas, to Ray Bradley and Grace (Spoon) Warnock. He attended elementary school in Arkansas before his family moved to Ventura, California, where he finished high school. He then attended Ventura College. Clint played trumpet in the high school band and he also participated in all sports.
He began his career with Shell Oil Company at the age of 16 cutting weeds during the summer. His service in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II interrupted his time with Shell. However, the company kept his job open for him. After the war, he went back to work and stayed with the company for 40 years. Clint worked all over the world and retired as a drilling foreman. The comment was often made by the employees that, "Rocky wasn't born, Shell hatched him." After taking an early retirement because of his father's illness, Clint moved to McAlester where he continued to live his life as he always had...productively.
By 1948 he was a master mason in the Poinsettia Lodge No. 633 in Ventura, California, and he built on that involvement in Oklahoma. The following is a list of his lodge memberships, positions and other civic organization memberships, McAlester Lodge No. 550, South McAlester Lodge No. 96, Solomon Lodge No. 32 of Krebs, Scottish Rite KCCH Mason, York Rite Mason, Elks Lodge No. 533, Legion of Honor, Past President of the Pittsburg County Shrine Club, Past Potentate Bedouin Shrine Center, Past Master of Solomon No. 32 Lodge, and he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 1098. He was also a member of The Royal Order of Scotland, Provincial Grand Chapter of the United States and was the only one to receive the honor.
Clint lived a large life and will be remembered with respect and affection by many friends both in Oklahoma and California.
His survivors are his children, Trenna Jean Madsen, of Barling, Arkansas, Rayford Leon Warnock, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Donald Wayne Warnock, of McAlester; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Kay Warnock; a great-granddaughter; his parents, Ray and Grace Warnock; brothers, Clemon Warnock and Bill Warnock, and a sister, Cleta Miller.
Published on January 24, 2018