Mr. William Richard Warren, 89, of Cartersville, Georgia, went to Glory, when he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his residence, on Monday, April 20, 2020.
He was born on October 28, 1930, in Calhoun, Georgia. He moved to Atco Village in Cartersville when he was six months old with his late parents John Robert Warren and Mamie Bearden Warren. He was also preceded in death by a baby brother, Robert Lee Warren, who he never knew.
Paw Paw — as known by his grandchildren, who he loved dearly, as well as his entire family — is survived by his wife of almost 72 years, Nell Mullinax Warren; one daughter, Teresa (Ernie) Padgett; son, Steve (Debra) Warren; son Stanley (Gail) Warren; five grandchildren, Jason (Carie) Padgett, Jeremy (Nicole) Padgett, Chris (Chelsea) Warren, Breanna (Kenny) Coates, and Tyler Warren; fifteen great-grandchildren, Caitlin Padgett, Claire Padgett, Julia Padgett, Macyn Padgett, Brantlee Padgett, Tatum Stanfield, Carsen Stanfield, Paislee Warren, Adelynn Warren, Braxton Coates, Clint Coates, Kenzie Coates, Chloe Warren, Matthew Warren, and Lily Allen. Great-grandchild number sixteen, Baby Coates is on the way.
He was a devout Christian who loved his Lord. He enjoyed his daily bible reading along with his devotion time. He served as a deacon at Peeples Valley Baptist Church for many years prior to moving his membership to Tabernacle Baptist Church in the mid-1980s. At his retirement party from Lockheed on August 31, 1992, where he worked for 35 years, he was described by his department manager as “The Perfect Christian Country Gentleman.”
Growing up in Atco Village, as a young boy, he was known as the kid with the guitar. He started learning to play when he was twelve years old. He would go through the village looking for anyone who wanted to make music as he would say. By the time he was fifteen, he and some other music buddies had formed a group and named themselves The Georgia Hillbillies. He liked to tell the story of how they were the first group to play on WBHF when the station went live in 1946. He talked about going to the radio station early in the morning and playing for thirty minutes before returning home to catch the school bus. He played with several different groups during his lifetime. He counted all the places he had played, including gyms, churches, townhalls, etc. His list showed 156 different places. Not only did he love country and hillbilly music, he had a deep love for Southern Gospel music. Early in his marriage, his wife and he would sing gospel songs live on Sunday radio programs in Cartersville, Rome, Calhoun, Rockmart and Fort Payne, Alabama. He enjoyed playing his guitar with the Mt. Pisgah Quartet for many years. He was always ready to get on the bus when his son, Steve, played drums with a local group called the Prophets. One of his happiest times was taking his guitar to Jim Little’s Tabernacle Sunday School class and playing music for the Hickory Log men. They called him Mr. Warren and thanked him for coming. Fact is, it was his pleasure.
Some of his fondest memories were the vacations spent with his family in Daytona and Ormond Beach, Florida, Jekyll Island, Georgia, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Jekyll Island was special, as that is where he proposed to his girlfriend, Nell Mullinax, while on their 1948 Cass High School senior class trip. They returned there a few months later for their honeymoon.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jeremy Padgett, Ernie Padgett, Kenny Coates, Steve Warren, Chris Warren and Stanley Warren. Serving as honorary pallbearers who are unable to attend are Jason Padgett, Connecticut, and Tyler Warren, Atlanta.
The family would like to express their appreciation to both Amedisys Home Health Care and Amedisys Hospice for their kind service during this difficult time.
A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 3:30 pm in Sunset Memory Gardens with grandson Chris Warren and nephew Tommy Mullinax officiating. Family and friends may park at the graveside and stand at their vehicles, abiding by the distance regulations. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Hickory Log, 3680 Highway 411 NE, White, Georgia 30184
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to post tributes and sign the online register.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120, has charge of the arrangements.