James A. Warren, Sr.
James A. Warren, Sr. “Bate” was born June 13, 1945 to the late Estus and Cornell Warren in Franklinton, LA. James was the father of eleven children and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Bate was one of the first black licensed carpenter in Washington Parish, later starting Warren Construction Company in 1965, specializing in building churches and family homes. His sons worked side by side with him. Warren construction Company was known from Franklinton, Louisiana, all the way to Seattle, Washington.
Bate always encouraged the youth and others to “Have Faith” and everything would work out. Bate loved his grandchildren as well as other children in the community. Whenever you would see him, he would always have a truck load of kids.
He leaves to cherish his memories five sons, James (Stacey) Warren, Jr., Fredrick (Annette) Warren, Jeffrey (Gustavia) Warren, Thomas (Nickey) Bickham, Justin Warren; six daughters, Janice Warren, Paulette (Samuel) Moore, Marsha (Bishop Michael) Briggs, Anita Sopsher, Sherri Warren, Vanesha (Fred) Fortenberry; one step-son, Gerald (Shavonda) Magee; one sister, Mary Fowler; two brothers, Oliver (Juanita) Warren, Sr. and Bernis Warren; 48 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren; two God-children, Kimberly (Kenneth) McRay and Dequnn Warren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Estus and Cornell Warren; a brother, Landus Warren; a sister, Margie Warren-Hart; and five grandchildren.
A drive by viewing held on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 4:00PM until 6:00PM at Crain and Sons Funeral Home – Franklinton.
A graveside service held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 4:00PM at Bethel Church of Christ Holiness USA with Rev. Alvin Partman, officiating.