New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 27, 2023

Warren Lee Owens

Warren Lee Owens, 79, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.

Warren was born in Mathews County, Virginia, and raised in Highland Springs, Virginia, where he met his love of 53 years, Sandy. Warren and Sandy moved to New Kent County in 1981, where they raised their two children.

Warren worked as a painter for W.W. Nash for 13 years. He moved on to being a painter/wallpaper hanger for Colonial Williamsburg for 25 years, where he retired as a foreman and master wallpaper hanger in 2007. As a master wallpaper hanger, Warren was asked to hang various unique wallpapers. Among these included a Chinese grass cloth for a bank in Richmond, a silk wall covering for an executive’s home in Ohio, and a hand-drawn chalk mural in the former Colonial Williamsburg president’s home. Warrant continued to be sought out by Colonial Williamsburg and others to hang special or delicate wallpapers and various painting engagements up to the time of his passing.

After retirement, Warren fell in love with karaoke and started his own business with Sandy. Not only did he enjoy singing, but he loved meeting new people, creating lasting relationships, and working to make everyone sound good. Even on his roughest days, he found peace in adjusting sound controls to make everyone sound exactly right and have an enjoyable time.

Warren enjoyed riding his motorcycle with Sandy sitting in the co-pilot’s seat right behind him. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his loving wife and family. He especially enjoyed attending various activities for his two grandchildren, of whom he was immensely proud.

Warren will be missed for his infectious smile and his exclamation “Greaaa Day”, and on occasion “Greaaa Day in the Morning.” He also had a unique ability to animate song lyrics, work a crowd, and wasn’t afraid to make fun of himself, which is remarkable considering he was an extreme introvert until age 65.

Warren is preceded in death by his parents, William Harold and Mary Eliza (Callas); brother, William Coleman; son, Warren Lee Jr.; and daughter, Windi Anne.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons, Kenny and Kevin; daughter, Cindi (Fellows); granddaughters, Amanda, Teasha, and Marissa; grandson, Jordan; step-grandchildren, Brannan Holdren and Bradley Fellows; and step-great-grandchild, Maddox Holdren.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, 5-8 p.m. in the Providence Forge Chapel of Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, 11:30 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 9001 Richmond Road, Toano, Virginia, 23168. Interment will follow at Washington Memorial Park.