Nick Warf

Nick Warf, 64, of Etowah, died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Born May 7, 1947, in Big Stone Gap, Va., he worked as a mechanical master craftsman at Johns Manville. A son of Orpha Lou Buckles Warf and the late Claude Elmer Warf, he was a member of Woodward Church of God. His first love was Jesus and sharing the gospel with anyone who would listen. His second love was family. He enjoyed being with his friends, fishing and playing golf. He was preceded in death by his father, Claude E. Warf; one sister, Linda Upchurch; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Nancy Pope. Survivors include his wife, Donna Warf of Etowah; one daughter, Jessica Mankin and her husband, Rocky, of Smyrna; one grandson, Luke Mankin of Smyrna; his mother, Orpha Warf of Etowah; one brother, Steve Warf and his wife, Sherry, of Etowah; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Paula Pope of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Lee Roy Pope Jr. of Blountville; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Keith and Brenda Fogleman of New Orleans, La.; and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Dr. Keith Gray and the 12E nursing staff at U.T. Medical Center for their exceptional care and support. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Cliff Waters officiating. Burial will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.Friends will serve as pallbearers.The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodward Church of God, 507 Woodward Ave., Athens, TN 37303; or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Faye Forgety, 120 County Road 447, Athens, TN 37303.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Teri Ellis March 13, 2012

    To Nick’s family:
    While I never met Nick personally, I frequently spoke with him on the phone at my workplace. I always enjoyed our conversations – Luke was a frequent topic. I’ll remember Nick’s kind voice and easy-going demeanor.
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. He will be missed. I’ll be praying for each you!
    My deepest condolences ~

  2. Louise Duckworth March 9, 2012

    My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May our Lord put his comforting arms around you and give you peace.

  3. Jeff McNelley March 1, 2012

    Donna, Jessica and Family,
    I can not imagine the pain that you are going through. I do know, however, that there is a God that specializes in broken hearts. Allow Him to heal you. We do not know why He chose to take Nick, but we do know that He is an all-knowing God and He makes no mistakes. While you are on this earth, you may never be able to understand why, but when you get to Heaven, it will be made clear. God may have taken Nick, so that through his testimony others may come to him. Stay strong. Keep the faith. Trust Him. I loved and cherished Nick as a friend. Please know that so many people are here for you and ready and willing to do whatever you may need to help during this time of grief and loss. Understand that you and your family are loved and not alone!

  4. Katina Allen February 29, 2012

    I am truly sorry to hear of Nick passing. I really enjoyed getting to know Nick and the rest of the family while I worked for him taking of Orpha. It was a shock to hear that he was so sick and so bad so quickly. It hasn’t even been a year that I was down at your all’s home enjoying a nice visit with you all. Hard to believe what can happen less than a year. I always kept informed by Eric’s wife and Nick’s friends of how he was doing from Mutual. Take care of yourself. Once again I am truly sorry he was a wonderful person that I am glad I got to know. You all will be in prayers and thoughts.

  5. Ralph Fenton February 29, 2012

    I was saddened to learn of Nick’s passing. He was a great person to work with, very sociable and someone you could not fail to like. He was always willing to help anyone out, and nothing was too much trouble for him. I send my prayers and condolences to his family at this difficult time.

  6. Kenneth and Donna Sparks February 29, 2012

    We are so sorry about Nick. He was a good man and will be greatly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead. Nick did a lot for Salem Church and so many others.
    Kenneth and Donna Sparks

  7. Barbara Murray Tate February 29, 2012

    To Donna and family of Nicky, You have all our sympathy and sadness. Nicky was a great guy in high school and a good “Bud”. I am so glad that Wendell and I were able to visit last Wednesday. I knew he was very ill, but was so in hopes that he could make it to Rehab. Wendell and I are so sorry and may God bless you and your family.

  8. Charlie and Fay Weaver February 29, 2012

    Donna, Jessica and Family
    It is with great sadness in our hearts as we send our sympathy to each of you; but we rejoice in the great homecoming that Nick experienced Saturday where he was welcomed home–good and faithful servant. Oh what an impact Nick had on our lives, always sharing the love of Jesus with us each time he visited. We shall never see a big hat on a beautiful head of white hair, that we won’t thank God for allowing Nick Warf to be a part of our lives. May you find comfort in knowing this separation is only temporary and you will see him again, pain free and rejoicing with his Savior. We will keep you in our prayers and pray you feel God’s presence with you now and in the days ahead. We love you dearly, dear, dear friends.

    Charlie and Fay Weaver, Kingsport, TN

  9. Sugarbear (Calvin Smith) February 29, 2012

    Nick you will be greatly missed and I will always remember our talks & the help you gave to me regarding work or life in general. I can still hear you singing that sugarbear cereal song every time we were getting ready for work, it never ceased to make me smile. Going to miss you my friend. My prayers go out to your loving family and God bless.

  10. Pat Brown February 28, 2012

    Sorry for your loss.

  11. Jean Honaker Darnell February 28, 2012

    Donna, Stephen, Sherry and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your families.
    I would like to share a few words with you from Legacy Five ‘s song callerd “Hello after Goodbye”.that has given me great comfort in the loss of my brother and sweet great nephew. I pray the words will give you comfort.

    “Hello after Goodbye” by Legacy Five

    We dress in black and we say goodbye, how our hearts break and, oh, how we cry :
    Yet through we grieve, we still have hope
    ‘Cause for all hearts of faith, we trust and know
    There is a hello after goodbye, a blessed reunion, promised in time
    We will be with them far longer than we were without
    No doubt, no more tears in our eyes
    In that beautiful, wonderful, hello after goodbye

    Next time we see them, we’ll never more know
    The sorrow and pain of letting go
    We’re with them forever, life without end
    In that most blessed sweet moment when
    We will see them again, be with them again
    Laugh and talk like before, sing and worship forever more
    There is a Hello after Goodbye………..

    May Good Bless You during this time.

  12. Cathy Blankenbecler McConnell February 28, 2012

    To the family of Nick Warf:

    So sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. I knew Nick many years ago when he lived in Kingsport and we attended church together. You all are in my prayers.

  13. Jim and Jamie Kelly February 28, 2012

    To the Family of Nick Warf,

    We are former Powell Valley High School classmates of Nick. We have fond memories
    of our school days together with Nicky. We also were neighbors to his sweet parents.
    Nicky will be missed. God bless the family as they deal with this loss. We will keep them
    in our prayers.

  14. Linda Johnson February 28, 2012

    To Stephen and the family of Nick Warf:

    Just a note to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss; so grateful to know that Nick is now rejoicing on Heaven’s Bright Shores!

    Linda W. Johnson

  15. Dave Williams February 28, 2012

    My deepest condolence to Nick’s family. Nick and I graduated in the class of ’65 at Powell Valley High School. I knew Nick best from track. He was always a superior athelete, a standout in the discus event and all around good guy. Unfortunately after graduation I don’t recall seeing him again. Following retirement I have recently returned to the area where we both grew up. I find myself rekindling friendships with folks I have not seen in over 40 years. I am sorry that I didn’t get to see Nick again before his passing but I hope to see him again when we are reunited in our Heavenly home.

  16. Randy Mason February 28, 2012

    Nick will be missed he was a great friend praying for the family

  17. Gary Sexton February 28, 2012

    Nick and I we next door neighbors since we were 5 year old. Played in the mountains together, built cabins, went fishing, went swimming in the river you name it. We later played High School sports together at Powell Valley High School. Went into the Army together and were Army Drill Sgt. together. Worked at TN Eastman and even lived in the same Apt. Complex together. Through all that and never had an argument. As we got grown we became Brothers in Christ JESUS ! Nick Loved the Lord and was Proud to share JESUS with all who would listen ! GOD BLESS THE WARF FAMILY ~ We Are Praying for YOU ALL ! RIP, MY BROTHER AND WE WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN SOON, AND THIS TIME IT WILL BE WITH JESUS FOREVER !!! <
    Shalom, Cathy & Gary Sexton
    Big Stone Gap, VA

  18. Ann Poholsky , Pound.Va. February 28, 2012

    I am so sorry to hear of Nicks passing, he is now in a better place than us. Sending my prayers and condolences to the family during your time of sorrow. Know you have many friends keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Bill Zimmer - Airsystem Sales, Inc. February 28, 2012

    The many years have come and been lived and now gone by, what we leave here on earth is what God taught us and we proclaimed thru Jesus Christ. Our heartfelt thoughts and most definitely PRAYERS go out to all of Nick’s family, friends and acquaintances he had an impact on during the stay here. From one that was touched, THANK YOU.

    May God bless, in Jesus name, Amen.

  20. Richard Broughton February 28, 2012

    Nick will surely be missed, he was a grear preacher ihere in Kingsport. May God keep watch on this great family. Richard & Arlene Broughton

  21. RomaFink February 27, 2012

    My prayers are with you and your family.God will be there with you and give you strength to get through this.
    Love you
    Roma Fink

  22. Larry Dickenson February 27, 2012

    Very sorry to learn of the passing of Nick… He and I graduated from Powell Valley High School the same year. We were good friends when we were in school… But, time has a way of separating people but it doesn’t take away the memories. The obituary certainly leaves no doubt about how he lived his life and the accomplishments he made.

    My sincere condolences to the entire family. I share in your loss and my prayers and thoughts are with you.


  23. Jim and Teena Hogan February 27, 2012

    It’s better farther on. We love you guys and are praying for the Lord to comfort you in this time of sorrow.

  24. Kyle Morrell February 27, 2012

    I am a life long acquaintance and friend of the Roy Pope family. My wife Georgia and I wish to express our sympathy to the family for your loss. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kyle Morrell

  25. Elaine Allman February 27, 2012

    My heart goes out to all of Nick’s family. Your are in my prayers. I am the nurse at Johns Manville and though I did not get to talk a lot with Nick, the time that I did, I could sense his love for his family and life. I have enjoyed yet another blessing from God by getting to meet Nick and Steve.

  26. jerry white February 27, 2012

    i am so sorry to hear about Nick’s passing. Nick was a lifelong friend. I remember growing up in artesian well hollow with him.

  27. john marshall February 27, 2012

    I went to see Nickey, one day after Bo Lane told me about him.I was in B.S.G. visiting my Mother. Nickey and family were gone that day.I now know where they were. Am really sorry,but I waited too long! May God keep Nickey,and may He also Bless and watch over Family! john marshall.

  28. Mike Beason, Southern Fluidpower, Inc. Chattanooga, TN February 27, 2012

    Donna & Jessica,
    Please let me express my heartfelt sorrow at Nick’s passing. My feelings are sadness & Joy.
    I’m sad to have lost a friend in this life, I truely enjoyed Nick’s company, his wit, his smile and his love for the Lord and for his family. Joy in that I know where he is, he’s seen the face of Jesus and all is well! Donna I feel as though I know you from Nick speaking about you and his concern for your well being. Please know that I have been praying for the two of you since I learned of the health issues you both have, and will continue to pray for you and Jessica. God bless you both, and praise God for knowing Nick for these years.
    Mike Beason

  29. Valerie Lynn February 27, 2012

    I would like to contribute to American Cancer Society in memory of Nick. Is there a phone number for Faye Forgety?

    • Bordwine Funeral Home February 28, 2012

      American Cancer Society phone number 423-744-9872, or c/o Faye Forgety, 120 Co. Rd. 447, Athens, TN 37303

  30. Floyd Horne February 27, 2012

    Donna and family,Nick was a good friend and a good man.We all will miss him terribly and you are in our prayers.Nick done so much for lots of people and he REALLY loved the lord.His testimonies were real and touched our hearts.God has a special new angel in heaven now and he knows how precious nick and you are.May GOD hold you and the family under his wings.If you ever need me in any way,please contact me.Lovya.
    Floyd and Vilas Horne.

  31. Dianne Woods Gollehon February 27, 2012

    Hey Donna,
    I am so sorry to hear of Nick’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. My prayer is that God will give you and your family the strength that only he can give and that you will feel his loving arms wrapped around you. We can only imagine the fun he is having with your mom and dad and i am sure they are showing him around everywhere. If we can do anything, let us know. We love you and will be praying for you.
    Mark and Dianne Gollehon

  32. Tommy and Crystal Macon February 27, 2012

    To the family we express our deepest symphony. We did not know Nick well, but always seen him praising and worshiping the Lord at church. We have been praying for him daily and he is at rest now with his Lord Jesus.

  33. Amy Burris Brackin February 27, 2012

    My prayers and condolences are with you during this time.

  34. Herb Smith February 27, 2012

    Nick and I were friends during high school and until I moved from Big Stone Gap in the early part of 1973. He was a great guy and we had some great times. I spent some nights at his home parents’ home. His mother and father were always very nice to me and I thought a lot of both of them, especially his father,Claude, since I knew him more. May God bless you Nick and may you rest in peace, my trusted friend. I will always miss you.

  35. Bill Buckles, Jr. February 27, 2012

    To: the family of Nick Warf
    It is with deep sadness that I received news of Nick’s passing. I have known Nick since we were in the 3rd grade together at East Stone Gap school, and proud to be one of his fellow graduates in the PVHS class of 65. I regret not having seen him in a while, as my Mom passed away near the same time that Claude passed away. I had put Nick on our prayer list at First Christian Church, and will now put the family on. I know he loved the Lord very much and is now with Him. May God bless and be with each of you.
    Bill and Jamie Buckles in Big Stone Gap, Va.


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