Thursday, July 15, 2010
Road dedicated to Warrens
By SUE WATSON
Alvin Warren Road was recently dedicated to the memory of the late Alvin Warren Sr. and his son, Alvin Warren Jr. Relatives, friends, neighbors and elected officials conducted the celebration.
The segment of Hernando Road leading into Highway 309 honors the legacy of the two Warrens, who helped keep the road passable when it was a gravel road and who lobbied to have it paved through their hamlet.
“We donated about 18 acres to put this road through here,” Elaine Warren Powers said.
Three generations of the Alvin Warren Sr. family were on hand to help celebrate the dedication. He was owner of Warren’s Grocery and Theatre where the community bought what they needed in the day when people did not have transportation to towns.
Alvin Warren Sr. was born in 1899 and Alvin Warren Jr. his son, died in 1996. Their wives were Robbie Warren, wife of Alvin Warren Sr., and Frances Warren, the wife of Alvin Jr.
The theatre was a place the community could come to see movies and to dance to live music of the likes of BB King and Sonny Boy Williams. A lot of local talent also entertained at the theatre. The late Lurline Warren was a community writer for The South Reporter where her column included the Warren Grocery news.
At the dedication ceremony, great-grandson Justice Powers read a poem he had written:
“Big Daddy and Uncle Junior/ What can I say?/A part of Hernando Road is being dedicated to you Today.
“For all your hard work/and the many hour spent/this beautiful road is heaven sent.
“I watch all the big trucks/and all the heavy equipment/fly by my window/and not even have a hint.
“Of what it took to make/ this fine thoroughfare thru/to get us back and forth/to do what we need to do.
“Thank you Big Daddy/and my Uncle Jr., too/ We really appreciate the both of you.”
Those signing in to the event included Sen. Bill Stone, circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter, tax collector Betty Byrd, supervisors Eddie Dixon and George Zinn, tax assessor Juanita Dillard, chancery clerk Chuck Thomas, county administrator Larry Hall, Carl DeBerry, Ordie Anderson, Azzie Lee Yarborough, Armetrice Warren Coleman, Elaine Warren Powers, Yvonne Ingram Burns, Monet Autry, Rep. Kelvin Buck, Louise Saulsberry and Majorie Sise.
The area is the homeplace of the Warren, Bell and Ingram families.
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