Samuel Gregory Warr, formerly of Youngstown, died Aug. 22 in Lakeland, Fla. A memorial service was held in the chapel of the Florida Presbyterian Homes on Aug. 27.
Sam was born in Burlington, Iowa, on Aug. 27, 1915, to William Gordon and Versa (Gregory) Warr. He grew up in Geneva, N.Y., graduating from Hobart College in 1937. He went on to Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., a member of the class of 1940. After graduation, he served as pastor in both Cincinnati and New Philadelphia. During World War II, Sam was commissioned in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a chaplain, serving most of his duty in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After discharge, he served pastorates in Johnstown, Pa. and Williamsport, Pa. In December 1951, Sam was called to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, where he served 18 years. At that time, Westminster was a downtown congregation. The presbytery, knowing that the downtown area could not continue to support two Presbyterian churches, requested that Westminster relocate. In 1955, the congregation voted to move six miles south to Boardman Township. Services were held at both the downtown church and various schools in Boardman until the fellowship hall was built in 1961. The church sanctuary was eventually completed in 1967.
Rev. Warr left Youngstown in 1969 to continue his ministry in St. Petersburg, Fla. He retired in 1978. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Princeton Seminary, serving 33 years until he was elected Trustee Emeritus in 1991 at age 75.
REV. SAMUEL G. WARR
Sam was preceded in death by his brother, William Gordon Warr Jr. of Glendale, Calif., and by his wife, Dorothy (Getty) Warr, who died Feb. 27, 2007.
Rev. Warr is survived by a sister, Versa Bailey of Merriam, Kan.; a son, Samuel Getty Warr (Dianne) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter, Andrea Warr Armbrecht (Bill) of Canfield; and his grandchildren, Alison (Matt) Dobro and Geoff Armbrecht of Canfield; Kristen Wing of Newberry, Fla.; Gregory (Lori) Warr of Delray Beach, Fla.; and great-grandchildren Cory Warr and Jessica Calaway, Delray Beach, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman, OH, 44512.