Leo Warden, 89, of Lufkin, was born January 16, 1918, in Baxterville, Mississippi, the son of the late Georganna (Smith) and James Joseph Warden. He passed away Monday, December 24, 2007, in a local hospital.
Mr. Warden was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Although born in Mississippi, he had been a resident of Lufkin since 1980. He was retired from Local #923 in Texas City, where he worked as a carpenter. Mr. Warden was a member and Deacon of Herty Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Roberta Warden of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Bobby Lamar of Santa Fe; daughter, Cathryn Hill of Goodrich; grandchildren, Dwayne Thomas Hill and wife Marilou of Stafford, Virginia and Greg Hill and wife Melanie of Lufkin; 7 great-granddaughters; brother, Ottis Warden of La Marque; sister, Gracie Milburn of Mobile, Alabama; and a number of nieces, nephews and other family members.
Pallbearers will be Dwayne Hill, Greg Hill, Howard Hartnett, Bubba Loggins, Hershel Shoemaker and Joel Newman.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Herty Baptist Church.
Flowers or contributions to the American Heart Association, 5604 Old Bullard Road, Suite 106, Tyler, Texas 75703 are acceptable.
Services for Mr. Warden will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 28, 2007, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Roy Stephens, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.
Gipson Funeral Home; Charles R. Ervin, director