March 3,1945 – September 29,2016
Reflection of Life
Herman Lewis Warren, affectionately known as “Chick”, was born in Charles County, Maryland on March 26, 1945 to the late Theodore and Doris (Furr) Warren. He was raised by his late grandparents, Harry and Viola Warren, who were the foundation of his character. He attended Charles County Public Schools and graduated from Pomonkey High School in June 1964. He was a great lover of sports; especially basketball and football and he excelled on both the court and field. His athletic ability was demonstrated during one memorable Pomonkey High School 31-0 victory over Mace’s Lane, when as a 16-year-old junior playing his first year of high school football, he scored five touchdowns in one game; a feat not achieved by many of even the most talented professional athletes. His favorite football team was the Washington Redskins.
He joined Zion Baptist Church at an early age. And although he did not always regularly attend during his youth, over the years, he remained mindful of the will of God; realizing that the path God chose for him was the only direction that he needed to travel. He decided to rededicate his life to Christ and he became an increasingly more active member in his church, Zion Baptist. Over the years, he served as a trustee, deacon, Men’s Chorus member and willingly worked to support his pastor and various activities of Zion Baptist and other churches throughout the community.
In 1994, he heard and accepted God’s call into ministry. Under the guidance of Pastor William A. Thorpe, Herman entered the Washington Baptist Seminary in Washington, DC. He excelled in his studies and proved to be a very dedicated and steadfast student. He graduated in June 1997. During his ministry, Herman continued to study and learn the Word of God, often attending sessions at various conventions throughout the country and classes at the Potomac River Baptist Association.
By trade, Herman was a brick mason for over 40 years. And as demonstrated in other areas of his life, Herman was a most skillful tradesman. Many still marvel at his use of trowel and mortar to complete masterful structures of brick and block. He took great pride in his work and routinely earned the praise and recommendations of his many satisfied clients over the years.
As Herman grew in his service to Christ, he realized his desire to further spread the Gospel by organizing a church. In July 2002, under the guidance of Rev. William A. Thorpe, Rev., Dr. John A. Franklin and Rev. Freddie Curry and with the support of others, New Life Missionary Baptist Church was organized. Pastor Warren was humbled by this accomplishment and worked faithfully in service to God and his congregation throughout his tenure. Due to failing health, Pastor Warren retired in 2014, passing the mantle on to current pastor, Rev. James Harris, Sr. Pastor Warren continued to attend services, as long as his health permitted.
Herman was a humble, caring, loyal and loving man. He was extremely dedicated to his family and friends. He was fun-loving and he enjoyed a great laugh, in addition to a big bowl of ice cream and cake. His generosity was without limitation. And his many unselfish acts of kindness touched the lives of numerous family, friends and strangers. He would give without question, assist without hesitation; expecting nothing in return; being humbled by the opportunity to serve.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Theodore Warren, Jr. and sister Romaine Graham He leaves to cherish precious memories, Frances, his devoted and loving wife of 39 years, five sons; Bryon, Thomas, Donald (Angela) Anthony, Craig and daughter Keli, grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother; Anthony, one aunt; Corada Baucum, one great aunt; Rosie Short, sisters-in-law; Oleatha Bates (Johnny) and Sylvia Henderson, God Sister; Barbara Franklin (Edward), Goddaughters; Tyvice, Cynthia and Patrice, as well as nieces, nephews and many cousins, along with his New Life Missionary Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Church families and a loyal friend and co-worker Bobby Burns.
Herman’s favorite hymn was “Blessed Assurance.” His favorite passages of scripture were: II Chronicles 7:14 and I Corinthians 2:9.