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Deborah Ann Warren

Memorial for Deborah Ann Warren

Born in Birmingham, Alabama on Oct. 16, 1954
Departed on May 7, 2011 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, May 13, 2011
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, May 14, 2011
12 pm
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Deborah Ann Warren

Deborah Ann Lewis Warren was born on October 16, 1954 to James Lewis, Sr. and Alberta Jackson Lewis in Birmingham, Alabama. Deborah was the fifth of eight children, six boys and two girls. Deborah was affectionately called Babydoll by her family.

At an early age Deborah and some of her siblings returned to Chicago, Illinois with their parents. She attended Ira F. Aldridge Elementary School and became a member of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor John Digby. She graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1973, and went on to attend Chicago State University in pursuit of a Criminal Justice degree.

Deborah married the late Zachary Taylor Kemp, I, in 1975. To that union was born two children, Norja Lorraine Kemp and Zachary Taylor Kemp, II.

Deborah began an outstanding career in 1975 with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Chicago where she worked as a Dictating Machine Transcriber/Innovative Systems Technician. In 1985 she moved to Austin, Texas to seek a better life for herself and her children. After transferring to the Bureau of Prisons in Bastrop, Texas she was promoted to a supervisory position as a Legal Technician. She later worked as a correctional counselor working with adult male inmates in preparation for release to their respective communities. During this time, she founded the Job Club at the correctional facility to help inmates successfully change negative behavior patterns, encourage job readiness, and reestablish family ties. Her efforts in this area were well received and created a positive environment that lead to former students often contacting Mrs. Warren in thanks for her efforts and support. She earned numerous awards for her diligence and commitment to excellence.

After arriving in Bastrop, Deborah met Joe Warren, and in 1989 they were united in holy matrimony. To this union was born a son, George Larry Warren.

She and her husband supported three children to college degrees. Later, her family highly encouraged her to finish her own degree plan previously started. In 2006 she graduated with honors, from Hutson Tillotson University in Austin Texas with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. Due to her scholastic excellence, she was invited and joined the Texas Psi chapter of the International Honor Society in Social Sciences Pi Gamma Mu. She retired from the Bureau of Prisons in 2010.

Deborah was a strong Christian, a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, and dedicated to her family. She was a Bible Believer and dedicated member of Turning Point Bible Fellowship for fifteen years. She had many favorite scriptures with Jeremiah 29:11 being one of her favorites. Deborah served as a Christian role model and mentored many youth and adults on her job and in the community. She worked joyously at Reagan High School with the Parent Teachers Association. She set up the Reagan PTA Student Store in order for parents to have a presence as they worked to support the students on campus. To further show support of the students, Deborah organized the Reagan High School's Golf Tournament that yielded $9, 000 allowing for 9 graduating seniors to receive Scholarships of $1, 000 each. She continued to organize the tournament for three years in addition to the golf tournament sponsored by the City Evening Lions Club for which she was a member.

She loved to sew and was an excellent seamstress. She shared her handicraft with her children, church members, friends and customers who employed her talented hands to produce a variety of custom made items on her numerous sewing machines. With this talent, she also set up Project Run Way at Reagan High School where she taught basic sewing techniques that included gift making to prom dresses.

She is preceded in death by her parents James Lewis Sr. and Alberta Jackson Lewis and her brother James Lewis Jr.

She leaves to cherish her beloved memory husband Joe Warren, daughter Norja Lorraine Kemp (fiancé O’Neill) of LaMarque, TX, sons Zachary Taylor Kemp, II (Mutsa) of Charlotte, NC, George Larry Warren of Austin, TX, Albert Kendall Warren (Urschela) of Katy, TX and Allen Gregory Warren of Bastrop, TX; grandchildren Taylor Warren Kemp (Norja) and Zion Tonderai Kemp (Zachary); Siblings Melvin Jackson (Lillian) of Chicago, IL, Robert Lewis (Beverly) of LaMarque, TX, Vivian Calvey (Irving) of Elberton, GA, George Lewis (Tarasai) of Houston, TX, Courtney Lewis (Dawn) of Round Rock, TX and Michael Lewis (Angel) of Highland, IN; Aunts Evelyn Fenner of Birmingham, Alabama and Bettye Hill of Mobile, Alabama; Close family friends Mrs. Mildred Weathers Byrd of Austin, TX and Mrs. Georgia Guillory of Houston, TX; A host of nieces, nephews and other cherished relatives and friends.

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