Texarkana, Arkansas – Mary and Wendell Warner not only have a passion for the beatification of Texarkana, Arkansas, but they live that passion daily. Mary is the former chair of the Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission and Wendell is the current Vice-Chair. Both continue to serve on the commission and contribute to the city’s efforts to be….well, beautiful. Mary and Wendell have taken their passion for Texarkana and applied it now to home – in fact not just one home, but two.
In 2001, the couple purchased their home at 801 East 12th in Texarkana, Arkansas. Over the next few years they poured work into not only their passions for the city and the area, but also into the home. The home became a masterpiece in Texarkana. With more home than couple needed, they decided to do what any couple would with a passion to make the city better….they bought the house next door.
In March of 2016, Mary and Wendell embarked on another beatification project. This home, roughly the same size as their current home would be a move up….well, a move over. The house is located at 721 East 12th and is right next door to the last house the couple renovated.
After purchasing the house, the couple dedicated themselves almost completely to the renovation. They took time off from other ventures and focused daily on the work at 721. Anyone passing by the home in the morning, afternoon, or evening was sure to see Wendell or Mary somewhere around the house. They were painting doors, on scaffolds, having plumbers in, having electricians in, and having the floors sanded and redone. Those friends on Facebook and other social media outlets were able to follow the progress along as the couple worked tirelessly to complete the beautification and renovation of another home on East 12th.
After months of hard work, moving day finally arrived. When I heard that the move was happening, I couldn’t help but hear the old Jefferson song from the series running through my head “We’re moving on up…” except this time I kept hearing it as “We’re moving on over….” The newly renovated house is now home to Mary and Wendell. Their previous project, and beautiful home, is now listed for sale.
Nobody knows if Mary and Wendell will purchase another project house to renovate again. If they decide to do so, it will be another huge gold star for Texarkana. If they decide not to do another house, then Texarkana will still win as they return their attentions to working and helping the city of Texarkana become a more beautiful place to live. So the next time you cruise down East 12th street, slow down a little at 721 and 801 because you will love what you see in those homes.