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Lillian Anderson-Warren (1921 - 2013)

  • "Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories..."
    - Nancy Dunston Wheatley

Lillian R. Anderson Warren

Aug. 11, 1921 - June 14, 2013


Mrs. Lillian Ruth Anderson Warren closed the chapter of her earthly life quietly and peacefully. She went to be with our Lord and King on Friday, June 14, 2013 at her residence. She was born to the late Mrs. Dolly Jones on August 11, 1921 in Columbia, MS. She was preceded in death by her only daughter, Josie "Barbara Ann" Montgomery Anderson; two sisters, Pearl Banks and Hattie Lee Ransfer.

Mrs. Warren was educated in the Marion County training School in Columbia, MS, where she was an outstanding basketball player. Their games were played on dirt courts even if it rained. She was an avid reader and "kept meticulous notes on everything".

Mrs. Lillian accepted Christ at an early age at the John the Baptist Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia, MS. After moving to Gulfport in the early 50's, she united with the St. James Baptist Church under the late Pastor Joseph Simpson on an Easter Sunday Morning. She served in the Mission and Usher's Ministry for many years. She loved her church, and remained a member until her death. She was recognized in 2012 at the church's anniversary as the oldest living member.

Mrs. Warren, as she was respectfully known, worked at many jobs. She came to Gulfport, working for the Anderson family. She also worked at the Pit Restaurant, and the CBC Naval Base, to name a few. However, her most beloved and sacred work was dedicated to the funeral service industry. Mrs. Warren began working for Lockett's Mortuary as a Funeral Director and a burial insurance agent. After the death of its founder, Mr. George W. Locket, she co-founded Hartwell's Christian Mortuary in 1987 with her God-son, Rev. Eddie C. Hartwell, Sr. At the time of Mrs. Warren's homegoing, she was the oldest female Funeral Director and the second oldest Funeral Director in the state of Mississippi.

Heroine Lillian Warren was a member of Court# 495-B of the Heroines of Jericho. She had been a member of the order for over 70 years, where she served as secretary for over 52 years.

Her memories will linger for many years in our heart. We will all miss her. She will be especially missed by her Pastor and God-Son, Eddie C. (Janet) Hartwell, Sr.; her special and dear friends, Mrs. Catherine T. Miles, Gulfport, MS, Ms. Dorothy Matthews, Natchez, MS, Mrs. Mary Ducksworth, Gulfport, MS, Betty Carter, Bogalusa, LA; her church family; members of Court# 495-B; many neighbors and friends.

Visitation 12 (noon) until 2:00P.M. service time at St. James Baptist Church, Gulfport, MS. Interment at Monroe Memorial Park.

Hartwell's Christian Mortuary in charge of service.

Published in The Sun Herald on June 21, 2013
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