Earl Claxton Warren
Earl Claxton Warren, 87, born June 12, 1925, in Jefferson County to Elijah Ewing and Willie Mae Stephenson Warren, went to be with the Lord on May 9,
2013. He passed away at his residence with family at his bedside. Visitation will be at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be at Hartselle Church of Christ on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Ministers Phillip Hines and Tommy Dozier officiating. Burial is to follow immediately in Hartselle Memory Gardens.
He was preceded in death by is wife of 49 years, Anna Louise Alverson Warren; daughter, Linda Susan Warren; his parents; sisters, Louise Bent and Wilma Campbell; and brother, Marvin Warren.
He is survived by wife, Christine E. Richardson Warren; daughter, Susan Warren Nolen; grandson, Justin Turner and his wife Jennifer, all of Hartselle; stepson, Joey Richardson and his wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Taylor, of Dora; stepdaughter, Kathy Dawson of Jasper; brothers, Malcolm "Craw" Warren and his wife, Jane, of Bessemer, Benjamin "Chick" Edward Warren and his wife, Jane, of Scottsboro; sisters, Sue Hawkins of Mobile and Faye Fuchs and her husband, Ron, of St. Charles, Ill.; four stepgrandchildren, four stepgreat-grandchildren, 12 nephews and six nieces.
Earl volunteered in the United States Army at the age of 17 during World War II. Six days past his 18th birthday while serving in the European Theater with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, he landed at Pointe du Hoc, France. Upon returning home from serving his tour in World War II, he graduated from Madison County High School where he received a four-year football scholarship at Tennessee Tech and earned his MBA from Memphis State. Earl was affectionately known as "Coach." He was a teacher and coach of basketball, football and baseball for 11 years. His last employment was as an agent with ALFA Insurance for 30 years. He was active in many civic activities, such as, Kiwanis, Rotary, School Board, Chamber of Commerce, and many others in Hartselle. He was inducted in DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Chairman of the Hartselle Housing Authority for 19 years, the OWO Gymnasium was named in his honor Osborne, Warren and Oden. Earl served his Lord as an Elder at The Hartselle Church of Christ for 24 years, as a song leader for 47 years and Bible teacher for 50 years. He served as a missionary to Romania several trips.
Pallbearers will be Alan Walker, Tony Parker, James Kifer, Glen Waddell, Bob Jacques and Mike Roberson. Honorary pallbearers are Greg Teague, Louie McGill, Clarence Walls, Talmadge Reynolds, Hoyt Long and Jeff Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to ALACARE - Hospice; Hospice a Home Health Fund of Alabama 2400 John Hawkins Pkwy Birmingham, AL 35244 or Childhaven Child Home P.O. Box 2070 Cullman, AL 35056.www.peckfuneralhome.com
This obituary was originally published in the Decatur Daily.