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Joe Warren, lifelong resident of Knox City, Texas, passed away Saturday evening, June 8, 2013 at Munday Nursing Center in Munday. Mr. Warren was 94. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Gillespie Baptist Church with Rev. Matt Harrington and Rev. H.B. Graves officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the services at Knox City Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. Visitation is planned for Tuesday evening, June 11, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Knox City.
Joe Wellington Warren first saw the light of day on the 11th day of March in the year 1919 on his family's farm near the King/Knox County line. Joe attended and graduated from Knox City High School, after which he began farming. He was baptized in the Grace Missionary Baptist Church on August 16, 1935. Joe married Oma Nell Rushing on January 21, 1955 in Goree, Texas. Joe and Oma Nell raised two boys, Ricky and Rodney, and together, continued to farm.
Joe smoked for 60 some odd years until giving it up and sticking with chewing tobacco. As a boy he smoked corn silk. In spite of diabetes, Joe ate a variety of sweets daily. He loved coffee and cookies. He passed to his grandchildren the love of peanut butter, maple syrup, and country crock margarine. He spread the trio on pancakes, biscuits, and waffles. His high blood pressure didn't stop the flow of the salt shaker. Joe grew tomatoes in his back yard. He said, "the stuff they sell at the store ain't fit to eat."
He served as a Deacon at the Gillespie Baptist Church. Joe wore pink shirts to church often. Oma Nell said he looked "handsome in pink". He wore every silly tie his grandchildren gave him. Joe was one heck of a fisherman. He loved his wife, kids, and grandkids with all he had. We have never known a gentler, honest, genuine, and even tempered man.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Tackitt; father, J.O. Warren; his wife of fifty years, Oma Nell; son, Ricky Warren; and a special cousin, L.E. "Jack" Warren.
Joe is survived by son, Rodney Warren and Linda Hearn of Knox City; sister, Edna Wooldridge of Wellington; four grandchildren, Julia Warren and husband Wendal Elam of Knox City, Josh Warren also of Knox City, Jala Brunkow and husband Jason of Post; Savanah Warren of Giddings; and eight great-grandchildren.
Online condolences can be shared with the Warren family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.
Published in Abilene Reporter-News on June 11, 2013