Mr. Warford is a prominent businessman and community leader of Amarillo who first moved to the Texas Panhandle in 1937 at the age of 12. He graduated from Patten High School and later served in the United States Navy during World War II. After serving he returned to Texas and completed his education from Landig College of Mortuary Science in 1947. He worked at funeral homes in Abilene, Dallas and Henderson before settling in Amarillo. Over the years he has served in various capacities at Mount Zion Baptist Church including; deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher. He is one of the founders of Amarillo’s United Citizens Forum established in 1981 and served as president. Amarillo has been where he and his wife, Wilma, raised their family and impacted the community in a meaningful way.
Richard A. Walker
Funeral Director and Embalmer in Charge
Mr. Walker has been a life-long resident of Amarillo who attended Carver High School and later graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1968. Having had an early interest in mortuary science he attended and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1972. After graduating he did his apprenticeship with Warford Mortuary and later was employed on a full-time basis. He is a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and has served in many ministries over the years. His service includes the famed gospel choir and now the Amarillo Community Choir.
Morris L. Overstreet
President, Warford Mortuary Co., LLC
Judge Overstreet was born and raised in Amarillo, attended Carver High School and later graduated from Amarillo High School in 1968. He graduated from Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with minors in Chemistry and Biology. He then graduated from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1975 and was licensed to practice law in the same year. He then returned to Amarillo to practice law and raise his family. In the community he served as Sunday School Superintendent and member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and general counsel to the Texas State Baptist Convention.
His legal career includes First Assistant District Attorney of the 47th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, private practice, elected judge of the Potter County Court at Law Number 1. Judge Overstreet was elected to the Texas State Court of Criminal Appeals, the states’ highest criminal appellate court. He is the first African American elected to a statewide office in the history of the state of Texas. He also served as the distinguished professor of law at his alma mater, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX.