June 21, 1923 ~ October 28, 2019

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Claude James Warren, 96, died on Monday, October 28, 2019. He was born June 21, 1923, to the late Sherman and Blanche Warren. He was also preceded in death by brothers Jack, Bill, Bobby and Don, and sisters, Iretha, Nina, and half-sister, Vicky Warren Hunnicutt.

Mr. Warren was a devoted, loving, generous and faithful Christian husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He always put his family before himself in everything he did. His quiet nature and gentle soul will be missed by many. He was an honest man who took great pride in his country, his character, and his word.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Claudette Brookshire Warren; daughter, Teresa Cordell and husband Paul; three grandchildren, Travis Dalton and wife Amanda of Columbia, SC, Monica Dalton Clark of Candler, NC, and Lee Pegram and wife Meghann of Asheville, NC; six great-grandchildren, Cameron and Raegan Dalton of Columbia, SC, Austin and Isaac Clark of Candler, NC, and Brooks and Eli Pegram of Asheville, NC; sister, Betty Carter of Asheville; half-brothers, Lowery Warren and Jerry Wayne Warren; half-sister, Judy Ann Warren; and many nieces and nephews.

He retired from American-Enka with 27 years of service, and 23 years of perfect attendance. He also retired again from Enterprise Rental Cars at the age of 85.

Before entering the Air Force, he was in the Civilian Conservation Corps. (CCC) run by the US Army. Mr. Warren proudly served in the US Air Force during World War II as a gunnery instructor and flew on P-61 Black Widow at Iwo Jima. He was stationed at Hickam Field near Pearl Harbor.

Mr. Warren was honored to fly with the Honor Air Veterans Group to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC.

Mr. Warren was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, with Rev. Judy Shook officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 277 Oak Hill Rd., Candler NC 28715.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.

He was getting old and paunchy, and his hair was falling fast, as he sat around the table, telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in and the deeds he had done, in his exploits with his buddies, they were HEROES, every one.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for he has passed away, and the world’s a little poorer

For a soldier died today.


Visitation: November 3, 2019 2:00 pm

Oak Hill United Methodist Church
277 Oak Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Service: November 3, 2019 3:00 pm

Oak Hill United Methodist Church
277 Oak Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


Burial: November 3, 2019 3:45 pm

Oak Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery
277 Oak Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Dad, you were my “HERO”, our family’s “ROCK”. I’ll always keep you in my heart. Rest in peace and know I loved you so very, very much. LOVE, Teresa (favorite and only daughter)

  2. Dear Claudette, Teresa and family,
    How wonderful to have had Claude for so long, but we are never ready for a loss so great as a husband, father, and family man. Through all our years of knowing each other, even back to our parents, I always knew we were long lasting friends. My thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to all as you go through this loss of your loved one, and our friend. Sending my “LOVE” to Claudette.


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