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Memories of Bob Warren

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A recent notice from the Star-Telegram announced that Robert Carroll "Bob" Warren had died on Thursday, Feb. 4. Many people from Nevada will remember Bob as the son of the late Huell Warren Sr., a former minister of the Nevada Christian Church, the brother of the late Huell Warren Jr. who wrote the historic pieces for both the Vernon County Record and later for the Nevada Daily Mail, and was the uncle of Russ Warren of KNEM-KNMO Radio. Bob spent his childhood years here in Nevada and remembered those years with great fondness.

Lester and I had a different relationship with Bob than others here in town may have had. He was our minister for two years while we all lived in Nixa from 1949-1951. Lester was the vocational agriculture teacher in a newly opened vocational agriculture program in Nixa. We were invited by the superintendent of schools to attend church with him and his wife along with another young teacher and his wife who were new to town. We quickly became friends with Bob and Evelyn and the four couples enjoyed many social and school events together.

It didn't take long for Bob and I to realize our connection to Nevada. He could start reciting the stores around the square by name and told us many stories about his childhood fun roaming from the church his father served to the square and all around town.

Lester and I became very fond of their son, Bobbie, and often kept him while his parents were out of town.

After we moved from Nixa for Lester to become the Cedar County agent at Stockton, we still kept in touch with the Warrens and visited them often in Marshfield where he became the minister of the Christian Church there. In fact on one visit to Marshfield we met Russ Warren for the first time as Bob and Evelyn were keeping Russ and his siblings for a while after the death of his mother before Huell Jr. remarried and they came back to Nevada.

Several years ago we were lucky enough to run into Bob here in Nevada when he came back to Nevada for a golf event during Bushwhacker Days. We were saddened to hear about the deaths of Bobbie and Evelyn but had a great time visiting.

Since we are not golfers we were never part of his golfing memories but we enjoyed many other activities together. I remember many of the jokes that Bob loved to tell, and was impressed with the sincerity of his calling while still having fun with the church members. For example he told of visiting a dairy farmer in his barnyard and telling him that he would sure like to eat a steak from that animal. He had been living in Texas while he got his degree and was used to visiting with beef farmers. The dairyman didn't hold it against him and they both told the story with laughter.

According to the obituary in the Star-Telegram Bob is survived by his son, Gary Warren and daughter, Charlotte Stephens, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

His list of accomplishments, in addition to his ministry, is impressive. He organized fundraisers for Special Olympics and United Way Campaigns as well as being a big supporter of women's golf. He developed a program called Future Stars for the LPGA.

I'm glad our paths crossed back in Nixa and regret that we were not able to remain in close contact.

Carolyn Gray Thornton
Middle Age Plus