6/6/1927 - 2/7/2012
Jim Warren, 84, of Pocataligo Community in Madison County, passed away after brief illness on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
He was born in Tignall, Wilkes County, Georgia, the son of the late Francis Joseph "Frank" Warren Sr. and Celestia Angieline "Angie" Standard Warren. He attended school in Tignall until high school where he rode to Elberton with a neighbor and graduated in 1944 from Elbert County High. He played saxophone in the Army band stationed at Seattle, Washington, and was honorably discharged when World War II ended. He studied architecture at both Georgia Tech and Auburn University. Jim lived in Atlanta where he worked for a time at Rich's department store in downtown drawing their floor plans for displays and other renderings (this was written up in the magazine section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). He and the family moved to Athens, where he designed and built several houses during the early 1960s that incorporated innovative energy saving designs and construction techniques many years before the energy crisis made such techniques popular.
Jim had lived in the Pocataligo community since 1967 where he owned and operated for many years Warren Tractor Company, the oldest Deutz (later Deutz-Allis) dealership in the United States. After retiring from selling farm equipment, he became active in the Broad River Watershed Association as its first newsletter editor. He studied extensively the uses and hazards to our water supply to change current practices of water management.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Francis Joseph "Joe" Warren, Jr. in 1925; and sister, Mary Will Warren (Walker) Dunson in 2007. He is survived by his former wife, Mary Bondurant Warren of Athens, and their five children, Eve Bondurant Warren (Rick) Mayes, Pocataligo, Mark Standard Warren. Athens, Amy Warren Sanders, Jefferson, Stuart Heard Warren, Melbourne, Fla., Lisa Warren (Darren) Hatch, Athens and La Verkin, Utah; eight grandchildren, Sean Weeks, Athens, Angie (Maj. Brad, US Army) Nicholson, Kampala, Uganda, Laura Elizabeth "Lori" (Mike) Hash, Oklahoma, David Benjamin (Fleur Alma Rystrand) Warren, South Carolina, Robert Nathaniel "Nathan" Sanders, Athens, Amanda "Mandey" Claire Sanders (SSG Brian, US Army) Clark of Killeen, Texas, Mary Rachel Warren and Jennifer Leigh Warren, Melbourne, Fla.; and nine great-grandchildren, Haley Weeks, Athens, Aidan and Lyla Nicholson, Kampala, Uganda; Kaisea and Haelea Lucas, Demetry and Lily Hash, Oklahoma, and Abigail and Alex Clark of Killeen, Texas.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial gifts be made in his name to the Madison County Library, P.O. Box 38, Danielsville, GA 30633-0038, or to St. Mary's Hospice House, 1660 Jennings Mill Rd., Bogart, GA 30622.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.