Warren Robert Edwards was born on July 24, 1963, to Robert and Grace Edwards. Robert was an accountant and Grace a schoolteacher. They both continued working during Warren's childhood, and the boy was raised primarily by his grandmother Ellie, a retired librarian.
During Warren’s childhood, the family led a quiet and stable existence against a backdrop of turbulent times. Warren did have several periods of his schooling when he faced disciplinary action, but the complaints were limited to a handful of teachers who sent Warren to the principal for being fresh, difficult, or overzealous.
Following graduation from high school, Warren took a job at the library where his grandmother had worked and went to school nights, eventually earning his master's in library science. He met Alicia Masterson, an administrator in the county tax collector's office, during a public policy study group and proposed one year later. They were married a year after that.
Alicia quit her job after becoming pregnant with the couple's first child: Christopher Warren Edwards. Daughter Eve Grace Edwards followed two years later, and son Michael Robert Edwards two years after that. Warren always actively participated in his children’s lives because he knew that all of their actions directly reflected on him as a father and a man.
Christopher and Eve were good students in all respects until they reached high school. At age 16, Christopher dropped out and joined a rock band which tours the South. Eve experimented with drugs and was suspended from school on three separate occasions before she finally managed to graduate. She now lives with a boyfriend of undetermined means.
Youngest son Michael is Warren’s success story. Michael graduated high school with honors and just completed his freshman year at the top of his class at Duke. To this day, Michael spends his holidays with Warren and Ellie. He was engaged to Madeline Jeffers, but she called it off before they reached the altar.
Warren’s neighbors and coworkers describe him as "a holier-than-thou busybody," who believes that rules were made to be followed whatever the cost. They characterize him as fastidious to a fault and polite because it's correct, but nobody's idea of a good friend. However, Warren doesn't seem to generate hostility as much as annoyance.
In the last calendar year, Warren has made 37 non-emergency calls to the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff’s Department, reporting everything from traffic to civil violations occurring in his neighborhood. Among the dispatchers, Warren has earned the nickname "The Watch Commander" for his attention to the finer aspects of jurisprudence.
His most recent call to the YCSD was to report that Ambrose Garrett was operating a hedge trimmer in violation of Whitehall HOA rules and covenants as well as city noise ordinances. The incident was resolved without an arrest, but the word that Warren had caught Ambrose breaking the rules spread like wildfire through the neighborhood.
Warren himself has a spotless legal record. He has never sued anyone or been sued. He has never held an official position in the Whitehall Homeowners’ Association, but he reportedly is "the first to arrive and the last to leave" at every HOA meeting and function.