Mr. Lester Warren, age 87, of Warren Hollow Road, Zionville, passed away Wednesday afternoon, August 5, 2015, while surrounded by family at Jefferson City Health and Rehabilitation in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
Born November 19, 1927 in Watauga County, he was the son of the late Joseph C. Warren and Nellie Eggers Warren Cole. He was a lifelong member of Union Baptist Church in the Mabel Community and served on the cemetery committee for several years. He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1945 – 1948 as a Boatswains Mate during Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll during the Atomic Bomb tests.
Lester is survived by three daughters, Judy Warren Matheson of Zionville, Jennifer Warren Dotson of Boone, and Donna Warren Minton and husband Phil of Boone; one special granddaughter, Robin Smith and husband Richard of Zionville; two beloved grandchildren, R. Cole Smith and Lola Rose Matheson, both of Zionville; one half-brother, Arlton Cole and wife Harriett of Lawrenceville, Georgia; and one half-sister, Betty Jo Stanberry and husband Alvin of Boone. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Sue Trivette Warren, and two sisters, Chloe Cole and Rose Edna Greene.
Lester was a true outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed hunting and trapping. Some of his many talents in life were beekeeping, tending his heirloom apple orchard, and raising Christmas trees. Also, he was a true Master Spring Restorer. He loved being outside and had a real appreciation and respect for nature.
Funeral services for Mr. Lester Warren were conducted Sunday afternoon, August 9, 2015, at 3:00 oclock, at Union Baptist Church. The body lay in state at the church from 1:30 until 3:00 oclock. Officiating were Pastor Vernon Eller, Reverend Derick Wilson and Reverend Bill Warren. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by the United States Navy, American Legion Post 130 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, followed in Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family received friends Sunday afternoon from 1:30 until 3:00 oclock at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Roxanna Miller, 6797 Old US Highway 421, Zionville, North Carolina 28698.
Online condolences may be sent to the Warren family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.