Warren L. Williams surrounded by family and friends went to be with the Lord on November 28, 2017, at the age of 76 in New Braunfels. Warren was born April 11,1941 in Poteet to Paul V. Williams and Mildred J. Willams.
Warren came from a pioneering family that had deep roots in Atascosa County. Until the age of six Warren lived on the Williams family ranch in Poteet. Warren was the fifth generation out of six generations to live on the family ranch. The ranch was owned, operated, and lived on by members of the family starting in 1876. This entitled the family to receive the Land Heritage Award presented to them in Austin at the state capitol by the Commissioner of Agriculture in 1983.
As a young boy, Warren was a member of the local cub scout and boy scout organizations. During his high school years, Warren participated in many organizations and clubs. He served as class president, was a member of the student council as well as being a member of the Na-tional Honor Society. He was a member and officer in the Future Farmers Association and a member of the paper and annual staff. He was on the tennis and basketball teams and was twice voted “Best Sport”by his classmates. He was also voted “Friendliest” his senior year. Warren graduated in 1959 from Poteet high school as class salutatorian. Warren always had a strong work ethic and never shied away from hard work. He had his first job at the age of twelve when he made and delivered yard signs for people in the local area. He also worked summers at the Gorman ranch and the Texas Highway Department.
Warren met the love of his life Cheryl at the Poteet Strawberry Festival when they were both teenagers. They married on August 31,1963 in San Antonio when they were both attending Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos. In college Warren was a member of Pi Sigma Chi the oldest men’s fraternity on campus. Warren graduated with a degree in English and minor in math. After graduation, he and Cheryl moved to San Antonio where he taught high school for a brief time. Warren left teaching to pursue a career in the computer field. Warren’s creative and innovative ideas as a programer and systems analyst often had him being sought out by different companies. During his time in the computer field, Warren worked for Baptist and Bexar County Hospital Systems and Tesoro Petroleum. Even today, some of Warren’s computer programing ideas are still being used. After many years in the computer busi-ness, he changed directions and went into the restaurant business. For sixteen years he owned and operated four Popeye’s Chicken restaurants in the San Antonio and New Braunfels area. Warren ended his professional career in the commercial real estate industry.
Anyone that knew Warren knew he had a strong and abiding love for the Lord. He never missed an opportunity to tell people about Christ. He loved to read the Bible and discuss it with others. Warren was involved with several Christian ministries during his lifetime. These included the Christian Business Committee in San Antonio and New Braunfels which he helped start, the Bill Glass Ministry and The Navigators. Warren also served as a Baptist deacon dur-ing his lifetime. Even though Warren is no longer with us, those who knew and loved him will always have the fragrance of memories of the happy times, joyful smiles, and hearty laughter they shared with him.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Mildred Williams. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Cheryl E. Williams; sons, Warren Blake Williams and wife Laura of New Braunfels and Patrick Wright Williams and wife, Kelly of Des Moines, Iowa. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In addition, Warren is survived by his sister Paula Conn and husband, Clarence of Leming and two nieces. Interment was at Shiloh Cemetery in Leming on Nov. 30. Warren is the fifth generation to be buried at the Shiloh family cemetery.