Sally Jo Warren

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Sally Jo Anderson Warren, 91, a longtime resident of East Asheville, died on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at a local hospital. She was born on August 17, 1917 in Hayesville, NC, the daughter of the late Early Lee and Mamie Miller Anderson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, G. Bennett Warren, who died on November 27, 2004. She was a 1935 graduate of Hayesville High School and a 1940 graduate of Asheville Normal and Teachers College. Sally Warren taught the 1st grade at Oakley Elementary for 23 years. She was a member of Hayesville United Methodist Church until 1948 when she joined Bethesda United Methodist Church. She later transferred her membership to Groce United Methodist Church in 2003. She was active for many years in various church activities, including Sunday School, United Methodist Women, acting as church historian at Bethesda, church secretary, and a member of the Administrative Council. She was very passionate about genealogy and history, holding lifetime membership in the Old Buncombe Genealogical Society. She was a charter member of the WNC Conference Historical Society, and a member of the Hugh Rogers Chapter of the DAR. Sally was also a lifetime member of the NCAE and North Carolina Retired Government Association. She is survived by two sons, James Bennett Warren and wife Joyce, of Arden, and Gary Byron Warren and wife Diana, of Candler; grandchildren, Michelle Gilbert and husband Eric, Kristy Warren, Drew Warren, and Lindsey Warren; great-grandchildren, Kayla Gilbert and Tyler Gilbert; and one sister, Betty Olive, of Radcliff, KY. A private graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. W. Gerald Davis, on Saturday morning followed by a memorial service at the Norma Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2009, with Chaplain Joe Fulk officiating. Her family will receive friends following the service at Givens Estates. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, Alzheimer's Association, 31 College Place, #D320, Asheville, NC 28801, or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

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  1. May our Heavanly Father bring you peace and grant you healing through this time of grief, knowing that Sally Jo has already been given her’s at the hand of God.

  2. She was a good friend and I am so sad. We traveled many trips to the Holy Land and she always had such joy from the trip. I will miss her.

  3. Mrs. Warren was my first grade teacher and a big influence on my life. I became a teacher because of her wonderful teaching skills. A couple of years ago,she sent my parents a piece of my first grade art work saying I want to be a teacher like Ms. Warren. I visited her last spring. She was so loving. I will miss her perfect writing on her heartfelt cards she sent me often. I love her. If you are in her family, you are lucky.

  4. Jimmy and Gary, I shall miss Sally Jo very much. We enjoyed our family research and trip to New England with your Dad. I am so glad they were both part of my family and she taught me so much about life and being a true lady. I loved her very much. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this time.

  5. Mrs. Warren was my first grade teacher. I am now 54 years old and I will never forget her. She was a very special person. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

  6. Dear Jimmy, Gary and Family,
    our sincere sympathy to you. We are blessed to have known such a wonderful person and friend; and appreciate everything she did for us and Bethesda, especially the Archive’s Room. We will always have fond memories of both Sally and Bennett.

  7. Dear Jimmy and Gary,

    My thoughts and prayer go with you
    in this trying time. Mrs.Warren
    was an excellent teacher and a true
    friend to those in need.

    She taught two of my children, Dianne Calloway Artus and Carl
    Michael Calloway. We all had the
    most respect for this fine lady
    and her great influence over our
    children’s lives. We loved her very

  8. I, too, was a 1st grade student of Mrs. Warren. She was a wonderful teacher, loved by all children, with a world of patience. A few years back she sent a picture to me of several girls in my class and myself playing dressup. She was such a thoughtful person as was exhibited by this sweet act. I, too, am a teacher today encouraged by my first grade teacher, Mrs. Warren. There’s no telling how many lives she touched in her teaching career. She definitely touched mine.

  9. You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.


    Jim and Barbara

  10. Sally Jo has offered advice and counsel to several generations. She never veered from her religious convictions. She was our true friend.

  11. Jimmy, Gary and Family,
    I am so sorry to learn of your mothers passing. I remember you and your dad from our days in scouting, Tsali Lodge/Order of the Arrow and Camp Daniel Boone. I was a member of Troop 3 at Trinity United Methodist Church, worked at Daniel Boone and was Lodge Chief.

    Your mother was a great lady, respected educator and supporter of scouting.

    It has been many years since our paths have crossed and I just want you to know that others share in your loss and lift you up in prayer.

    Daren Hutchison

  12. Warren Family (Gary and Diana)-

    may God Bless you during this time. What a great person Sally was; and what a full and giving life she lived. I know you are proud of her and love her very much. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    In Christ,
    Brian and Jennifer.

  13. Our sympathy to the Warren family for this wonderful caring lady,and they can take pride in knowing all the good that she and Bennett did for many families, changing lives for the better. We are grateful that they were a part of ours. Sincerely, Barry, Barbara, Barry Jr, Mark & Jim

  14. We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Gary’s mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Bill and Cathey

  15. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange.

    I am the person that took her place as a first grade teacher when Mrs. Warren retired from Oakley. I had the honor to meet her on several occasions. She was a lovely lady. It meant so much to me that she came to my retirement party. I have pictures of the two of us that I will always treasure.

    Tracy Stanfiel
    Retired Teacher
    Oakley Elementary

  16. My Dear Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. I’m so grateful for all the genealogy and family history she shared with me. Our phone calls were very special. The last time I saw her and Uncle Bennett was their
    visit to Uncle Ernie and Aunt Sunny.
    What a wonderful Mother God gave you
    to call your Mom. God Bless you.
    Our Aloha, Barbara and Family

  17. I was a student of Ms. Warren’s in first grade at Oakley School. She was probably the most influential teacher I had in becoming a teacher myself. I taught and retired at Oakley and was honored to know and love her. She was a wonderful lady, teacher, and friend. She will be missed! Nancy Sevier

  18. Dear Jimmy, Gary and Families,

    My deepest sympathy to all of you for the loss of your mother. She was a special member of our family – always knew that she would keep us up to date on family happenings. She will be missed by all.

    With loving thoughts, Pat

  19. Sally Jo was my cousin and we were named after our grandmother who was also a teacher. I have always been so proud of Sally Jo and her sense of hospitality and her love of learning. She is an inspiration to us all. She will really be missed.

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