George W. Warren Sr.
George W. Warren Sr., 79, of Cobden, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born on Feb. 14, 1941, in Franklin County, the son of Clyde Davis and Ethel M. McNeal Warren.
George married Linda Mangold on June 30, 1962, at the First Baptist Church in Anna.
George attended Southern Illinois University, where he earned an associate degree.
He then began a career in sales of copiers and office equipment. That career led him to his life’s work and eventually the ownership of T & I Office Equipment, which he and his wife, Linda, owned and operated from 1996 to 2020.
George had a passion for sports and while at SIU he lettered in pole vaulting.
In the late 1950s, George helped start a band called “The Four Vests” as the drummer. Although they are no longer together, they enjoyed the opportunity to reunite and play for benefits and class reunions.
George was a member of the Benton Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club in Anna, where he was an officer, a past Lieutenant Governor, and the I-I District Secretary. He was a 33rd Degree Mason and a Shriner.
George was a man of faith and a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna, where he served as a deacon. He was able to display his musical gift as a member of the praise band. He especially enjoyed his men’s Bible class.
Besides his wife of 58 years, he is survived by his son, George W. Warren Jr. (Sarah M. Thomas) of Georgetown, Texas; four grandchildren, George W. Warren III of San Antonio, Texas, Carl Andrew (Savannah) Warren of San Antonio, Texas, Benjamin Davis Warren of College Station, Texas, and Hilleary Sarah Warren of Austin, Texas; a brother, Max Edward Warren of Cobden; a sister, Carmen Elaine Garland of Wheatland, Wyo.; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Warren.
A pass-through was held Friday, Jan. 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro.
Funeral services for George W. Warren Sr. were held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with David Fischler and John Hughey officiating.
Memorials can be made to the Kiwanis Club of Anna or to the Deacon’s Fund at the First Presbyterian Church of Anna and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.
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