FAMU Teacher is Remembered, Second Memorial Planned

By: Alicia Turner, James Buechele Email
By: Alicia Turner, James Buechele Email
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UPDATED: Alicia Turner
March 27, 2015

As the ribbon was cut, dozens of students filed into a room that once belonged to Dr. Eileen Warner.

"Life just hits you. It wasn't expected for her to be gone. I always looked up and said I can't wait to be a senior, Mrs. Warner, I'm going to make you proud," said Kenidee Webster.

Webester is a student at FAMU DRS and would have been in Warner's class. She fought back tears as she remembered just how much she meant to her.

Warner was tragically killed in a car accident back in June. She served as a teacher for more than 30 years. Now, faculty and students at FAMU DRS have taken her old classroom and turned it into a resource and scholarship room.

"She went above and beyond to give the best for us, and for us to succeed, so this is the least we could do," Webster said.

With this new resource center, student will be able to come in and get information about scholarships, as well as make a plan for life after high school.

Dr. Patricia Hodge is the Superintendent at FAMU DRS. She told Eyewitness News Warner had a genuine passion when it came to making sure her students succeeded, and a resource room was the perfect way to honor her.

"She made sure that the kids applied for college. They filled out scholarships. When they couldn't find scholarships, she hunted down folks that would help them with their books and things like that. We just wanted to make sure we honor that about her, and the kids were really wanting to do something to keep her in memory," Hodge said.

UPDATE by: James Buechele

Tallahassee, Fla.

How do you remember a person that touched so many people's lives? More than 200 friends, family and former coworkers of former FAMU High teacher Eileen Warner spoke about the impact she had and still has on the community.

"That legacy will be here with us with her family and with many many generations to come," said Cheryl Jennings.

"She challenged us to be better students," said former student Edrene Johnson. "College was not an option. It only was 'what college will you be attending?'"

Warner died this past weekend after a tire gave out in the car she was a passenger in and crashed.

The memorial service included a slide show of Warner.

A viewing-visitation will be held Friday, June 13, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Tillman of Tallahassee, 4006 Crawfordville Road in Tallahassee.

June 9, 2014

"Sunshine because she always had a smile for you no matter what."

Cecka Rose Green remembers her former senior homeroom teacher Eileen Warner.

She says she was more than just a teacher, she was a friend.

"She was an advocate for education she was a fierce spiritual and faithful woman who believed that god destined everybody's future," says Green. "And if you just put your trust in him and let him guide you he would tell you exactly what to do and she just supported the students and she never lost contact with anyone and she was always there if you needed to just talk with her."

Warner was a graduate of Florida A&M University. Her first and only job was teaching at FAMU High for thirty- two years.

"She wore a lot of hats," says co-worker, Ericka Cromartie. "She just showed me that you can give back in many ways not just at teaching but being an all around giving person"

Florida Highway Patrol says Warner was in the passenger seat while driving on interstate 10 eastbound in Gadsden county on Saturday.
The driver lost control of the car after a rear tire blew out.

" She was a friend to many of us," says former student, Chuck Hobbs, "She was the type of teacher that we could go to and tell her about the type of issues we may have been facing. And so for that I will never be able to tell her now how much I actually loved and appreciated her for what she did for me all those years ago."

The driver, Melvin Bell sustained serious injuries in the single vehicle crash.

June 9, 2014
Grief Counselors are consoling students today ( June 9). A memorial was held at FAMU High less than 24 hours after the accident. Another memorial will take place at Lee Hall. We'll keep you up to date on time and date.

June 8, 2014
A local teacher is dead after the vehicle she was riding in overturns on I-10.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon (June 7) about two miles from state road 12. 54 year-old Eileen Warner was riding as a passenger of a vehicle when the left rear tire tread separated. The driver lost control of the car and it overturned.

Warner was pronounced dead at Capital Regional Medical Center in Gadsden County around 5: 07 p.m.

Warner was a teacher at FAMU High and a native of Quincy, FL.

The driver, 65 year-old Melvin Bell suffered serious injuries.

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