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Philip Hargett Warren, Sr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 29, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Col. Philip Hargett Warren, Sr., 66, of Pittsboro, died unexpectedly January 29, 2013, in route to a bird watching trip in New Jersey. His distinguished military career spanned over 30 years of service to the state of New Jersey and our nation. He attended pilot training in 1969 at Williams AFB, AZ, and graduated in 1970 with his wings. He then traveled the world fulfilling assignments at Castle AFB in CA, McCoy AFB in FL, Kadena AB in Okinawa, Plattsburgh AFB in NY and McGuire AFB in NJ. He also served in many other temporary duty assignments throughout the globe. As a skilled pilot and leader, he held positions as an instructor/evaluator pilot, Operations Officer, Squadron Commander and Vice Wing Commander. Col Warren is a Vietnam and Desert Storm Veteran. He was also a commercial airline pilot. Phil began his career with Eastern Air Lines in 1978 then moved to Piedmont Airlines in 1985. He retired in 2006 as a Captain after flying with US Airways for 16 years.

Born in Greenville, North Carolina on August 17, 1946, Col. Warren was a son of Norman Earl Warren and Nancy Hargett Harris Warren. He was a 1968 North Carolina State graduate in Wildlife Biology, a faithful Wolfpack fan and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He earned a Masters degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Phil was a man of many hobbies. He loved to bird watch, kept a life list, and would travel, whenever possible, to see rare birds. He enjoyed the Carolina Bird Club and participated in yearly avian counts in various counties. He biked the hills of Chatham County and savored these bicycling adventures taking great pleasure in his final mileage tallies. But most important to him was his love of God and family. He was dedicated in serving his church as an Elder, a teacher and an encourager. Phil delighted in his family and grandchildren. He took great pleasure in teaching the grandkids about nature. He was an enthusiastic reader, fisherman, and gourmet coffee drinker. Phil lived life to the fullest with an optimistic spirit.

Col. Warren is survived by his mother, Nancy Warren Wilkerson of Raleigh; his wife of 43 years, Jean Stevenson Warren; his son, Philip H. Warren Jr., and wife Nila, and their sons Matthew and Trent, all of Apex; his daughter, Robin Warren Goss, and husband Chris, and their children Rachel and Brandon, all of Holly Springs; and also by his brother, Norman Ray Warren, and wife Kathy, of Fayetteville; and sister, Ellen Warren Hinton, and husband Don, of Raleigh.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Phil Warren will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon, Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Chapel Hill Bible Church. Friends may visit with the family at a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to Chapel Hill Bible Church, in memory of Phil Warren. They can be sent to Chapel Hill Bible Church, 260 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27512.

Online condolences may be left at www.hallwynne.com, select “Obits / Guestbook” then “Current Services”.
Arrangements for Col. Warren are under the care of Hall – Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.

Condolences for the family of “Philip Hargett Warren, Sr.”

Condolence from Rick Tee on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am

My deepest sympathies to Phil’s family. I remember him well from Fike High School but my fondest memories are from our Boy Scout days at Camp Charles. Again, my condolences. Rick Tee

Condolence from Linda Moore Davis on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am

Philip was always so nice and very smart in high school. My heart goes out to his family with his passing. Former classmate.

Condolence from Buck Yelverton on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am

I am deeply saddened by Phil’s death. I cherish the boyhood memories of feeling as part of your family and Phil of ours. My thoughts and prayers go to Nancy, Ray, and Ellen and their families. May God’s Grace be with you all. Hopefully we will be able to make it to the funeral next Saturday.

Condolence from BOBBY FARRIS on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am


Condolence from Edith Bridgers Stokes on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am

We hope your memories of Phil will comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Bill Vaughan on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am

Hi Jean, Please know that Kathy and I are remembering you in thoughts and prayers during this very difficut time.

Condolence from Cheri Hinton on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am


Rest knowing that he is in a better place.

Warmest Regards,

Condolence from Susan Daughtridge Stephenson on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Phil as being one of the nicest boys in high school.

Condolence from Trey Hinton on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am

I was so shocked to hear of Phil’s death. All my love and prayers for Jean, Nancy and the entire family. Sorry I will not be there memorial service but I will be home soon.

Most Respectfully,


Condolence from Jeff & Kathy Beckett on February 1st, 2013 12:00 am

We are praying for your family and asking God to surround you with His love. May He provide comfort and strength and may He meet your every need during this time of grief.

Condolence from Avis Neary on February 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

I was so saddened when I heard about Phil. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Be strong, he will always be with you!
Hugs, Avis

Condolence from Tonya Eatmon Kessler on February 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

It is with deep regret that I have read this morning that Phil Warren has passed away. He was a Fike High School classmate and I remember clearly his kindness and smile.

Please accept my sympathies for this tragic loss.

Condolence from Joe & Debbie Mondello on February 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

Robin, Joe and I are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Warren family

Condolence from The Orchards on February 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

Jean ~ thinking of you and your family during this difficult time and praying the Lord will comfort you and provide you strength as you deal with the passing of your beloved Phil. He will be so misssed in our Eagle’s Ridge community. With love, the Orchards

Condolence from Kate Killebrew on February 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

Phil was an amazing kind and faithful man. It was an honor to work with him at Faith Presbyterian in Medford. He also served as a reference for me in some of my career moves for which I was most grateful. My love goes to Jean and the kids and grandkids. – Pastor Kate

Condolence from Tom Nagy on February 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

Phil was the reason we joined Faith Church. He was the heart and soul of the church at the time. I will always remember the friendly greetings he extended to us and eveyone else too. I also remember the great skits he did for Faith Follies. But mostly I remember his faith. His knowing that he would spend eternity with his Lord. Our church has not been the same since the Warrens left. My deepest sympathy to his family and other friends.

Condolence from Sandra Overton Hager on February 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

I’m so sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. We both graduated in the class of 1964 from Fike High School in Wilson, NC. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Condolence from Joann Keating on February 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

Jean, Phil and Robin…my heart heart hurts for you and your families. Please know that Phil will always be remembered as a gentle and caring man. Love, the Keating Family

Condolence from Ken and Marie Fien on February 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Jean and family –

Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. We will continue to hold you up in prayer at this very difficult time. If there is anything you need, please let us know.

Ken and Marie Fien

Condolence from Jed and Jeanette on February 3rd, 2013 12:00 am

Our thoughts are prayers are with you. Words cannot express how deeply my heart reaches out to you.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

Jeanette & Jed

Condolence from Jeanette Brunetti on February 4th, 2013 12:00 am

So very sorry to hear about Phil. My heart goes out to you and your entire family at this difficult time. I know your faith and strength of character will see you through. God Bless and take care.
Jeanette Brunetti

Condolence from The Plante Family on February 4th, 2013 12:00 am

Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Phil. His influence on our family was profound from sharing his faith, his love for his family and the joy how he lived his life. We were honored to have him in our lives.

Condolence from Herb & Donna Mashburn on February 4th, 2013 12:00 am

Nancy – we were deeply troubled to hear of the untimely death of Philip. Please know that we are thinking about you and your family.

With our love,
Herb & Donna

Condolence from Pat Thompson on February 4th, 2013 12:00 am

Jean, I was so sorry to hear about Phil. Know that you are in our prayers and we are all thinking about you up here in Medford. God bless you and your family during this time.

Condolence from Sue Greenberg on February 5th, 2013 12:00 am

I very recently contacted Phil about showing a few of us some birds he reported on line. He impressed me with his zeal for life and our feathered friends. I felt very badly when I heard of his passing the day before we were to meet. My heart goes out to his family.

Condolence from Tatiana and Joe Canton on February 5th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Jean,
Memory eternal to Phil. I see him in my mind, walking over the bridge as I drive to work, waving at me. Please, let us know if we can help in your time of grief.
Please, accept our most sincere condolences.
Cordially – The Cantons

Condolence from Wally & Susan Pickard on February 5th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Jean, Philip, Robin and families:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Phil will always be in our memories! He was a special person, with a heart of gold and a smile that will always be remembered! His service to God, family and nation,
showed what kind of man Phil was! He will truly be missed!

Condolence from Jim & Maria Ginter on February 5th, 2013 12:00 am

Dearest Jean.
Although Phil is gone physically, know that he will always be with you in spirit. He will forever be in your heart.
Praying for Phil, you and your family.
Jimmy & Maria

Condolence from Gaye Strac on February 5th, 2013 12:00 am

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of you husband.I wish you and your family the strength and endurance to get through this difficult time.
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from ginny don on February 6th, 2013 12:00 am

To Jean & family

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I know you both had a tremendous faith in God and it will get you thru this sad time.

Ginny Don

Condolence from Barney Walpole on February 6th, 2013 12:00 am

Jean Judie and I will never forget you and Phil. You are the best. We feel so bad.

Condolence from phil cowan on February 6th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Jean & Family, My condolences to you & your family. I met Phil at one of the men’s groups at Chapel Hill Bible Church. He was a devout Christian & excellent gentleman. I will keep you & family in my prayers. Sincerely, Phillip Cowan

Condolence from Ed / Kate Ziegler on February 6th, 2013 12:00 am

Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family, Jean. You may not remember me by name. But my wife, Kate, is a long time friend of Ellen Hinton. I am an avid nature photographer, and Ellen arranged for me to meet up with Phil a few years back. Phil led me on a wonderful tour of some of his favorite birding areas near your home. We had a splendid day, and ended up on your deck where I was treated with such generous hospitality from the both of you. We are very saddened for your loss, and I will long remember sharing a wonderful day with Phil.

Kate and I will most certainly keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Doug & Louise Hikade on February 6th, 2013 12:00 am

We have such fond memories of times spent with Phil and Jean. We also feel a great debt to Phil for his commitment to teaching us, grounding us in our faith, and for ministering to us and our church family at Faith Church in Medford, NJ. Phil stepped in to lead and teach many Stephen Ministers who continue in this ministry.
We are not the same without Phil but are so much better for having known him.
Love, Louise & Doug

Condolence from Jane & Bob McMeans on February 7th, 2013 12:00 am

Jean, As you know Bob and I will not be able to attend Phil’s memorial service but our hearts will be present. We’ve been praying daily for you and your beautiful family. We loved Phil like a brother. Phil’s enthusiasm for his Lord was contagious and as it written in John 11:25 He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. Phil is in the arms of his Heavenly Father shining down on us. He has the “best seat in the house” to see of all God’s creations that he loved so much. Blessings and hugs, Jean and family we love you.

Condolence from Thad walker on February 8th, 2013 12:00 am

I would like to express prayers for you and your family. Phil and I were paired together as classmates when hired at Piedmont Airlines. Both of our sons attended North Carolina State. I am sadden to hear of your sudden lost.

Condolence from Johnny & Carol Marsh on February 8th, 2013 12:00 am

I was very saddened to hear about Phil, he was a caring and kind person who will be greatly missed. May the peace of Jesus be with you.
With warm regards, love,

Condolence from Kevin Prufer on February 8th, 2013 12:00 am

I am so saddened to hear of Phil’s untimely passing. I just wanted to say that Phil was a Gentleman through and through. I always enjoyed seeing him in the airport or crewroom because he was always happy and upbeat. One thing was obvious was his love for his Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Kevin Prufer
Captain US Airways

Condolence from Richard and Lu Daniels on February 8th, 2013 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. We pray that God will comfort you and give you peace.
With love and prayers,
Lu and Richard

Condolence from Henry Skinner on February 9th, 2013 12:00 am

Phil gave to each of his friends the joy of true friendship and his family embraced us all. His life and love for you all reflected his commitment to his God, his family, his friends, and his country. May His peace be yours.

Condolence from Mike Sigmon on February 10th, 2013 12:00 am

I just learned of Phil’s passing this morning. We had many good times at the Sigma Phil Epsilon house at NC State.

I have fond memories of Phil. He was a great guy!

He will be missed by all of us.

Condolence from JIm and Sandy Kiyak on February 11th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Jean,
Words cannot express how saddened we are over Phil’s untimely passing. We feel so fortunate to have been able to have had our lives cross Phil’s. His legacy of his strong christian faith, husband, grandfather, son, brother is certainly to be admired. We are comforted to know that Phil has eternal life!
We will continue to pray for comfort and strength for you and your family. Sending love from Wisconsin. Sandy and Jim Kiyak and Family

Condolence from Ann D.Jevne on March 5th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Jean:
I just heard about Phil. I am so very sorry. I know the last time I saw both of you was in sad circumstances and now this. I am shocked- he was way too young. The memories I have of our times together are too many to name but they are all wonderful ones. Please know that if there is anything you need, contact me. You are in my thoughts and condolences to you and your family.

Love, Ann

Condolence from Rick Davis on March 9th, 2013 12:00 am

With fond memories of one of life’s Good Guys. Go with God, Phil.
uPT, Williams AFB, 1970.

Condolence from Chuck Cinnamon on March 9th, 2013 12:00 am

Many fond memories of our get togethers around the world. A friend forever. Hugs to Jean and family.
Chuck and Linda Cinnamon
Class of 70-05 Pilot Training
Williams AFB, AZ

Condolence from Ed and Berni Melcher on March 12th, 2013 12:00 am

Our prayers are with you.
Ed and Berni

Condolence from John Pitstick on March 17th, 2013 12:00 am

Jana and I were saddened to hear of Phil’s passing.  The year we spent in pilot training is forever etched in our memories and Phil was a key part of that memory.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

John and Jana Pitstick
Class of 70-05, Williams AFB, AZ

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