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James Michael “Mike” Warren

James Michael “Mike” Warren, 77, died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on Friday, July 1, 2022. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer on June 14, 2022. His final wishes were to be at home when he passed away.

Mike wore many hats in his life, but the most important ones were to tend to his family and his loved ones. He taught school for thirty-seven years and loved every day of it. He loved his students, all of them, red and yellow, black and white they were precious in his sight. Through his many years of teaching, he became like a father figure and established a lifelong bond with many of his students.

He was active in his community for many years, serving on the deacon board at Oxford Baptist Church, he was a Sunday School teacher, served on the board at Oxford Credit Union, he was a past county commissioner and served as a chairman during the Hazardous Waste Incinerator fight in the early 1990’s. Additionally, Mike was a long time member of the Oxford Lions Club.

His hobbies, besides his grandchildren, were his garden, fishing, bird hunting and dogs.
Visitation will be held Sunday, July 3,2022 from 1:30 – 2:45 PM in the fellowship hall at Oxford Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of fifty-five years, Gail Ashworth Warren; his daughter, Ashley Warren Harrell and husband Lee; his grandchildren, Bailey Harrell (Monica) and Paige Harrell all of Oxford and Laura Grace Tucker and Riggan Tucker of Robersonville, NC; his brothers, Mark Warren and wife Pam of Grifton, NC and Ernest Warren and his wife Jackie of Wilmington, NC; his sister-in-law, Brenda Ashworth Gardziel of Woodbridge, VA and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Warren Tucker; his parents, James and Katherine Warren and his in-laws, Dave and Annie Laura Ashworth.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM officiated by Dr. William Pyle and Dr. Steve Bolton.

Flowers are kindly accepted or donations may be made to the Mike Warren Scholarship Fund. Please send checks made payable to J.F. Webb High School, Attn: Rebecca Wilkinson, 3200 Webb School Rd., Oxford, NC 27565.

31 Comments

  • Julie Pittard Renaux Posted July 1, 2022 11:35 pm

    Gail, I am so sorry!! If you need ANYTHING…. I am here for you! Prayers for you and your family! Love you.

  • John Wilson Posted July 2, 2022 12:42 am

    So sorry about Mike. Such a nice person.

  • Michael Arnold Posted July 2, 2022 12:20 pm

    As noted, Mike was the chairman of the county commission during our hazardous waste incinerator fight back in 1990. He was the perfect man to have in his position. He was cool, calm and thought through the many pressured events of that time and always chose right and for the People. Many others in such a situation would have easily capitulated to big money and influence. He was a real fighter and we were lucky to have him. RIP Mike Warren.

    Attorney John Pike introduces Mike Warren at the Dedication and Stakeholder Dinner of the GAP on May, 21, 2004. His comments and Mikes remarks start at 16:50 into the program.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd-xhinazp0&list=PLbfZIkjeDwoNrDYiBsTZmGA89obAMxG76

    • Gail Warren Posted July 3, 2022 2:33 am

      Thank you Mike Arnold for putting the link about Mike on Youtube.

  • Linda Puckett White Posted July 2, 2022 2:07 pm

    Gail, I am so sorry. Prayers for you and all your family.

  • Betsy Cozart Posted July 2, 2022 2:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was great guy! My prayers are for you and you family. Love to you.

  • Carolyn Tracy Posted July 2, 2022 2:25 pm

    Gail, I am so sorry. Your loss I know is immense. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • billy grissom Posted July 2, 2022 3:21 pm

    gail…..i am so sorry to hear of mikes passing…..praying for you and your family

  • Dorothy Overby Posted July 2, 2022 5:30 pm

    Gail I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a great man. One ok my teachers back in the day at Webb. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Tony W. Cozart Posted July 2, 2022 5:56 pm

    I greatly enjoyed serving with Mike on the Board of Commissioners. He was a dedicated public servant and served with great distinction. Jackie and I send prayers of comfort for Gail and all his family.

  • ernie averett Posted July 2, 2022 6:07 pm

    Seriuosly fine man . Our world would be much better off with more men like Mike.

  • Angela Gravley Thornton Posted July 2, 2022 9:41 pm

    One of if not the greatest teacher at JF Webb High School !
    Much more than a teacher , a mentor , father figure to many of his students ! Above and beyond the teacher duties , he truly cared for his kids ! His lessons and love will continue through his students !

  • Linda Gooch Posted July 2, 2022 9:50 pm

    Gail, I am so sorry for the loss of Warren. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and the family.

    • Linda Gooch Posted July 3, 2022 12:08 am

      Gail, please forgive my error. I truly did mean I am sorry for the loss of Mike. You have my deepest sympathy.

  • Cassie Farrelly Posted July 3, 2022 12:27 am

    Gail,we give you our deepest condolences. For the living, I can only say that Mike’s passing is proof positive of Heaven, for I know that it is where Mike is.

  • Jennifer Parrott Posted July 3, 2022 1:08 am

    Mr Warren was the best teacher. He truly loved his students and always looking out for their best interest. When I think of my time at JF Webb, I think of Mr Warren. His smile and positive attitude was contagious.
    Sending prayers and love to Gail and his family.

  • Louise Dunkley Stowe Posted July 3, 2022 2:32 am

    Gail, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Cherish all the wonderful memories. Gov bless you all.

  • Jim & Joni Floyd Posted July 3, 2022 2:47 am

    We were so sorry to hear about Mike. Please accept our condolences. He was a very kind man and good friend.

  • Jeff Clayton Posted July 3, 2022 1:47 pm

    Gail, we are so sorry. Mike was one of the finest men we have ever known. He was also the best neighbor ever! We will miss him. Sending our love to you. Jeff and Jack.

  • Roger and Linda Cottrell Posted July 3, 2022 2:02 pm

    Gail, so sorry to hear about Mike. I always enjoyed being around Mike and had many good times playing sports with him. Our prayers are with you and all of your family.

  • donald martin Posted July 3, 2022 4:24 pm

    Gail and family. Sorry to hear about the loss of Mike. He was one of the good guys.

  • Gene & Amber Farrelly Posted July 3, 2022 5:47 pm

    We will miss Mike in so many ways – from his sense of humor, his love of those tomato plants and how he fiercely adored his friends and family. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

  • Kimberly Rhodes Posted July 4, 2022 12:13 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Warren’s passing. He was one of my favorite teachers and a wonderful man. I always smiled when I saw him walking his dogs, remembering his classes at Webb. We learned so much about curriculum and life from him. Prayers going out to his family and friends.

  • Nick Thornton Posted July 5, 2022 3:28 am

    Sending prayers and condolences to his family. I am a former student and I would blow the horn at him everyday as I passed him on College St walking his fur babies as I drove on my bus route. I am very sadden to hear of his passing. Again my sincere Condolences!!

  • Haley Peace Brunskill Posted July 5, 2022 9:42 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out today about his passing today. Mr. Warren was an awesome teacher and great man. I will foundly remember his antics my sophomore year in high school. He will greatly be missed.

  • Mary Field Brooks Posted July 6, 2022 11:10 am

    Mr Warren was my teacher. He was a great teacher full of fun. He was not only a teacher but a excellent mentor to so many. Rest in peace Mr Warren. We will miss you.

  • Iris Allen Posted July 7, 2022 2:23 am

    I am sincerely saddened to learn of Mike’s passing. I enjoyed being on the faculty of Webb High School. Even though I was in the English department, I got to know Mike fairly well. He was friendly and jovial, with an ever present smile. I remember having a workshop with him at the County Office, where he had us all laughing. He was an excellent teacher, loved by his students and respected by his colleagues. May God bless and comfort you all.

  • Joe Haskins Posted July 7, 2022 1:14 pm

    Gail, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mike was a great person with a smile for everyone. He will be missed by all. May God Bless you.

  • Mildred Pulley Posted July 9, 2022 7:33 pm

    So sorry about this Prayers are with yo

  • Earline F. Newton & William I. Newton Posted July 10, 2022 9:01 pm

    Gail, we just heard and are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • Rose Humphries Hammond Posted July 17, 2022 6:12 pm

    Mr.Warren was my teacher at J F Webb and I have read about his accomplishments in Granville County over the years. He was a memorable teacher and greatly admired. My condolences to his family and many friends.

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