In memory of
William Chester WARREN III
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In memory of
William Chester WARREN III
WARREN, III, William Chester William Chester Warren III passed away at home on January 12th after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Billy was born in Atlanta on October 3, 1931 to the late William C. Warren Jr. and Catherine Candler Warren. He attended Boys High and made the transition to Grady High School his junior year, graduating in 1949. While at Grady, he met Mary Ripley who became the love of his life and wife in 1953 until her death in 2011. It is important to know that not only did Billy and Mary begin their dating relationship in high school, but Mary is credited with tutoring Billy to a passing grade in Spanish, something the family was often reminded. Upon high school graduation, Billy matriculated to Emory University earning a bachelor's degree in 1953. Immediately, he joined Cole, Samford, and Whitmire, an independent insurance agency serving the personal and corporate needs of many in Atlanta. In 1954 with the assistance of Jim Edwards, he was able to raise the funds necessary to start Edwards-Warren Tire Company which in time grew to expand across the eastern United States. The tire company provided retreading, rubber manufacturing, and tire manufacturing services to off-road trucks and tractors. In each of these businesses, he became the principle owner and board chairman. Soon after marriage and very importantly, Billy and Mary moved to the northwest side of Atlanta and became one of the early members of Northside Methodist Church, a critical player is their family's spiritual growth. By raising their four sons at Northside, they were able to pass on their Christian heritage and ancestral traditions. Having been taught by his parents and grandparents the immense importance of philanthropy and community service, Billy served on many boards giving his time, financial resources, and wisdom. Among these were Emory University, Wesley Woods, The Westminster Schools, and Sheltering Arms. This responsibility was not lost on his sons who carry on the important legacy of generous service to many nonprofit institutions in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Even though he loved his family dearly, he had a contagious, lifelong passion for golf, fishing, and hunting, enjoying his many outings with his children and grandchildren. He was especially fond of personal and family time on Cumberland Island, a family haunt, passing the time fishing in the surf for red drum or in Christmas Creek for speckled trout. When it was not fishing season, he painted his face in camouflage green and hunted turkeys and quail on his farm near Americus, Georgia. As anyone can imagine, the winter hunting days ended with a big meal, a warm fire, and tall tales of the day's hunt all the while enjoying a glass of single malt scotch. Billy was a member of The Capital City Club, The Piedmont Driving Club, and Peachtree Golf Club having served as its president. Billy is survived by his four sons, William C. Warren IV and wife Lynne, grandchildren Mary Elizabeth Stone (Meade), William C. Warren V ( Monica), and Coleman A. Warren; Thomas R. Warren and wife Jenny, grandchildren Catherine A. Warren and T. Ripley Warren, Jr. (Jennifer); Glenn D. Warren and wife Susan, grandchildren Glenn D. Warren Jr. (Caroline) and Matthew D. Warren ( Hardin); and James Kimbrough Warren and wife Rebekah, grandchild Charlotte R. Warren. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren. Billy was preceded in death by his brother, Howard C. Warren. He is survived by his sister, Catherine W. Dukehart. A memorial service will be held at Northside Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 18th at 2 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial gifts be made to either The Good Samaritan Health Center at 1015 HollowellParkway, Atlanta, GA 30318 or to The Foundation of Wesley Woods. The family would especially like to thank those who provided such excellent care to our father and grandfather these last few years. These include Abby Avery, Shawn Perryman, Patience Prayor, Tracy White, and Jay Thursby.
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