Warner Hagen Cleek Jr.

Cecil Whig - - & -

Warner Hagen Cleek Jr., 85, of John­son City, TN, passed away on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7, 2016, at NHC in John­son City, TN.

Warner was born in Lynch­burg, VA, on Au­gust 28, 1931, the son of the late Warner Hagen Cleek and So­phie Myr­tle (Al­bright) Cleek. He was a 1950 grad­u­ate of Sul­li­van High School, Kingsport, TN, and in July 1950, he joined the United States Air Force. He served in the Air Force for 20 years be­ing sta­tioned in Eng­land where he was a spe­cial­ist on the first op­er­a­tional jet bomber in the USAF, the B-45 Tor­nado. Later, he ser­viced AIR FORCE ONE when Kennedy and John­son was pres­i­dent. He also served in Phan Rang, Viet­nam.

Af­ter leav­ing the USAF, he at­tended East Ten­nessee State Univer­sity where he ob­tained a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Magna Cum Laude), and a Mas­ter of Arts de­gree in In­dus­trial Tech­nol­ogy.

He and his fam­ily moved to Har­ford County, MD, and later to Cecil County, MD, where he taught In­dus­trial Tech­nol­ogy for the Har­ford County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for 19 years. Af­ter re­tire­ment, he and his wife, Marie, trav­eled in an RV through­out the United States for 18 months be­fore com­ing home to East Ten­nessee. For many years, they trav­eled to Tampa, FL, for six months of the year and made many friends. He en­joyed fish­ing and play­ing golf, and was very proud of his two holes-in-one he made.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, he was pre­ceded in death by two broth­ers: Charles A. Cleek and James F. Cleek. Sur­viv­ing are his wife, Marie, of John­son City, TN; sons, Brian Weston Flint and wife, Stacy, of Ch­ester­field, MO; and Warner Hagen Cleek III and wife, Lyn­d­sey, of Keller, TX; sis­ter, No­beleen Sa­ly­ers and hus­band, Don­nie, of Kingsport, TN; sis­ter-in-law, JoAnn Cleek, of Mt. Pleas­ant, SC; brother-in-law, Charles La­mar Rains and wife, Martha, of Oolte­wah, TN; two sis­ters-in-law: Bev­erly Ann Hor­ton and hus­band, Jim, of Hix­son, TN; and Melba Jeanette Kuba and hus­band, Jim, of Bridge­wa­ter, NJ; and five grand­chil­dren: Car­son Weston Flint, of Or­lando, FL; Cheyenne Rain Flint and Sa­van­nah Rain Flint, and their mother, Paula Vroon Flint, of Nashville, TN; Mary Tram­mell Cleek and McKensey Marie Cleek, of Keller, TX; and many nieces and neph­ews who were all cher­ished.

Per Mr. Cleek’s re­quest, there will be no ser­vices and his re­mains will be cre­mated.

Moun­tain Em­pire Cre­ma­tion & Burial Ser­vices, 125 E. Jack­son Blvd, Jones­bor­ough, TN 37659, 423-5470379, is serv­ing the fam­ily.

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