Roosevelt Warner

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Roosevelt Warner

Place of birth: 
Carthage, North Carolina
Date of birth: 
1.15.1904
Place of death: 
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Date of death: 
11.25.1990

Roosevelt Warner was a brick mason, contractor, entrepreneur, and local politician that built or assisted in the building of many structures in Orange and Durham counties.

He was born 15 January 1905 in Carthage, North Carolina. His parents were Henry and Emma (Dowdy) Warner.

Roosevelt was orphaned at age 3, along with several other siblings after his parents died; the 1920 federal census lists him as an "inmate" of the "Oxford Colored Orphan Asylum." He learned the masonry trade while at the orphanage.

He moved to Hillsborough in 1922, and began working for M. Webb Thompson, a contractor in Durham.

Roosevelt married Fannie Chavious (b.1906, d.1984) on 27 November 1929.

He started his own contracting business at some point. He also was a landlord, owning apartments, a motel, a soda shop ("Warner's Soda Shop"), and several cleaners/laundries/washeterias. He also served on the Central High School Advisory Council, on the Hillsborough Town Board (the first African-American to do so), with the Red Cross, and the Boy Scouts, among other local organizations.

1963 Durham ad

Roosevelt Warner, date unknown (from The News of Orange, via Rosetta Austin Moore)

 

Roosevelt Warner died at the age of 85 on 25 November 1990, in Hillsborough, and is buried in the Hillsborough Town Cemetery. See www.findagrave.com/memorial/214865691/roosevelt-james-warner

Roosevelt Warner's death certificate (via Jon Pauley, 2020)

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  • Submitted by SteveR on Friday, February 12, 2021 - 5:53pm

    From 1963

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