Eugene Luster Warren

1911 - 1997

Cumberland Presbyterian Lay Leader


The family and friends of the late Mr. Eugene Warren who passed away January 17, in Memphis, TN. Mr. Warren was a long-time employee of the Board of Finance, Cumberland Presbyterian Center, Memphis, TN.

Eugene Warren, of Memphis, a long-time community activist, was one of the organizers of MIFA and the executive secretary of the Board of Finance of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He died of respiratory failure at Saint Francis Hospital at the age of 85.

Mr. Warren is well remembered for innovative measures he established in our church which continues to benefit clergy and laity, such as our retirement programs. Additionally, he was on the Memphis task force that organized MIFA, served on the Orange Mound Day-Care Board in the 1970s and 1980s, and was on the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Board. He was an organizer and served as president of Germantown Cares, a group that collects food for the poor. He received the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Honor.

Mr. Warren received an honorary doctorate from Bethel College and served as moderator of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a World War II veteran and a graduate of the University of Arkansas.

His funeral was held at Germantown Cumberland Presbyterian Church with burial in Memorial Park.

Mr. Warren, husband of Rosa Mae Warren for 52 years, also leaves a daughter, Anna Rose Grehan of Cordova; a son, the Rev. William Warren of Germantown; a sister, Allie Warren of Little Rock; a brother, the Rev. Blake Warren of Memphis, and four grandchildren. The family requests any memorials be sent to the Building Fund at the Germantown Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Bethel College.

Perhaps a sign in mid-town Memphis says it best: "Eugene Warren made Memphis a better place." He also made the Cumberland Presbyterian Church a better church.
Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, March 1997, pages 6-7]

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