Mildred Jane Black Warren
Mildred Jane Black Warren, age 90, died in her home in Atlanta with her children at her bedside on December 23, 2021.
Mildred was born on May 26, 1931 in New Orleans, Louisiana during the Great Depression to Ruby Cook Black who was a Purvis town administrator and Oscar Black who was an engineer and a World War I veteran. Mildred watched two of her brothers serve their country during World War II, one in the navy and one in the army deployed in the Philippines. Mildred was raised in Purvis, Mississippi and graduated from Purvis High School where she played basketball, played the trumpet and was Vice President of her senior class, homecoming queen and Miss Purvis High her senior year. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1953 with a degree in education. After graduation, Mildred and her former husband Glen C. Warren, Sr who was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, moved to Guam for two years where she worked in administration. She later taught school for five years at Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi while her husband attended medical school. The Forest Hill senior class dedicated the yearbook to Mildred in 1959 due to her endearing commitment to her students. She and her family moved to San Antonio, Texas then Tampa, Florida followed by Clark Air Base in the Philippines and then Biloxi, Mississippi. Mildred later moved to Dallas, Texas then Memphis, Tennessee where she helped raise her first grandchild. She then lived another 20 years in Jackson, Mississippi and eventually moved to Atlanta, Georgia where her daughter Brenda lives.
Mildred is survived by and will be dearly missed by her three children and six grandchildren who affectionately called her G.G., short for gorgeous grandmother. Her children are Glen Warren (Tami) of Denver, Colorado, Mitzi Oates (Billy) of Franklin, Tennessee and Brenda Reece of Atlanta, Georgia. Her grandchildren are Amanda Oates Williamson (Jack) of Norfolk, Virginia, Sarah Lane Oates and Taylor Oates both of San Diego, California, Warren Reece of Atlanta, Georgia, and Hudson Warren and Luella Bing Warren, both of Denver, Colorado. Mildred was predeceased by all of her sisters and brothers: Evelyn Dyar, Bessie Duck, Oscar “Sonny” Black, Jr. and David Black, Sr.
Mildred was known for her sharp business sense as well as being a natural educator.
She particularly enjoyed New Orleans jazz music, dancing and spending time at the beach. She never met a stranger and touched many lives with her kindness and generosity. G.G. was completely devoted to and always cherished time with her children and grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10:30 am on December 29, 2021 at Purvis United Methodist Church in Purvis, Mississippi followed by a graveside service at Coaltown cemetery. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorial donations be made either to the Purvis United Methodist Church or to the Salvation Army Alabama Louisiana Mississippi Division.