Ray (Raymond) Charles Warren, age 82, passed away at home on Nov. 23, after a multi-year battle with congestive heart failure.
Ray was born on March 11, 1936, to the late Bill (Wilbur) and Betty (Elizabeth) Warren and grew up in Red Bank, N.J.
After a short stint in the Army Signal Corps he became a barber. In 1961 he married Jean Wenner of Fair Haven, N.J. They later moved to Neptune, N.J., to raise their daughter and son. Ray owned barber shops in Neptune and Lakewood, N.J.
In the community, he was active in Boy Scouting, the Police Reserves, the Republican Club, and anything having to do with his children. The family attended St. Michael’s Church in Wall Township, N.J., where he served as Lay Reader and led children’s services.
In 1983, the family moved to Dunwoody. He initially worked in security at JC Penney and the Buckhead Ritz-Carlton before returning to his roots at Embry Hills Barber shop in Chamblee where he was a “tonsorial artist” until retirement in 2005.
Ray was in the Kiwanis Club of North DeKalb-Dunwoody as an officer, volunteer reader at Kingsley Charter school, and K-Kids leader. He was active in the DeKalb and Georgia Republican Clubs where he held a number of offices; he also served on the U..S Selective Service Board for more than 20 years.
As a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Dunwoody, Ray served as head usher, Verger, and outreach minister to Brookrun GRC and Peachford Hospital. His hobbies included woodworking, SCUBA diving, landscaping, and building model RC boats.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his older brothers Bud (John) and Bobby (Robert) Warren. Those Ray leaves behind to re-tell his jokes and share memories of his antics are: Jean, his wife of 57 years; daughter Kitt Holmes with husband Gene of Griffin; son Tony Warren of Juneau, Alaska; granddaughter Katie Davis with husband Russ of Griffin; granddaughter Mary Holmes of Griffin; sister-in-law Evelyn Warren of Eatontown, N.J.; brother-in-law Jim Wenner with wife Doris of Hot Springs, Ark; and nieces and nephews from coast to coast.
A memorial service with Eucharist will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dunwoody. A reception with family visitation will follow. In honor of Ray’s sense of humor, guests are encouraged to wear colorful socks or ties and big smiles. In lieu of flowers, he has requested donations be made to the church designated for the children’s ministry.
H. M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.