Lindsay Carter Warren Jr.

Published 6:14 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lindsay Carter Warren Jr.
Oct. 8, 1924 – April 11, 2016



Lindsay Carter Warren Jr. was born on October 8, 1924 in Washington, as the first son of Lindsay Carter Warren and Emily Harris Warren. He was educated in the public schools of Washington through the 11th grade when the family moved to our nation’s capital. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1942, and in the fall of that year enrolled as a freshman in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing his freshman year, he enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard. Later commissioned as an Ensign he served for 18 months during World War II on the U.S.S. Wakefield (AP-21) in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theaters of operation. Upon completion of this service he re-enrolled at UNC, graduating in 1948 with a B.S. degree in Commerce. In 1951, he received his J.D. degree, with Honors from UNC School of Law. While in law school he served as associate editor of the UNC Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi.

Upon being licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Warren joined the law firm of Langston, Allen and Taylor in Goldsboro. He practiced law as a general civil practitioner for over fifty years with that firm, now known as Warren Kerr Walston Taylor and Smith LLP. Through his retirement, he remained a member of the N.C. State Bar, the N.C. Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

During his professional career, Warren served as a member of the Board of Governors of the N.C. Bar Association, and was elected and served as its President in 1969-1970. In 1976 he was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was inducted into the General Practice Hall of Fame by the NCBA in 1989.

With humility and integrity, Lindsay Warren served the state of North Carolina, which he dearly loved. He led an active public and civic life. As State Senator in the N.C. General Assembly (1963-1969) he was Chairman of the Senate Courts and Judicial Districts Committee; Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee; Member and Chairman of N.C. Courts Commission; Vice Chairman of the N.C. Board of Higher Education; Member of the N.C. Advisory Budget Commission; and Chairman of the Governor’s Study Commission on Structure and Organization of Higher Education.

In addition, he passionately served as a Member and Chairman of America’s Four Hundredth Anniversary Committee; Trustee and Chairman of St. Andrews Presbyterian College; a Member of the UNC Board of Visitors; President of the UNC General Alumni Association; President of the UNC Law Alumni Association; a Member of the Board of Directors of Wayne Memorial Hospital and a Member of the Goldsboro City Board of Education. Warren lovingly served First Presbyterian Church of Goldsboro as Elder Emeritus.

He was the recipient of the following honors and awards:  The John J. Parker Award for Conspicuous Service to the Cause of Jurisprudence from the NCBA; the UNC Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Christopher Crittenden Memorial Award for Significant Contributions to the Preservation of North Carolina History; the Distinguished Citizen Award – Tuscarora Council of Boy Scouts of America; the UNC School of Law Award – For Distinction Beyond Professional Excellence; the N.C. Bar Association Foundation Endowed Justice Fund; and the North Carolinian Society Award.

Warren was preceded in death by his first wife Grace B. Warren. He is survived by his wife Mary Todd Smith Warren, three daughters, Adrienne W. Northington and husband Jim of Goldsboro, Emily W. McNair and husband Parham of Raleigh, Grace W. Johnston of Greensboro, Robert P. MacKenzie III and wife Jeanie of Birmingham, Mary Todd MacKenzie and Julian J. MacKenzie and wife Laurel, all of Washington. He was a proud grandparent of 13 grandchildren, Grace, Louise and Emily Northington, Lindsay and John McNair, Jane Randolph, Adrienne and Gray Johnston, Merrill, Whitton and Milly Ward and Jonathan and Hannah Pearce. He is also survived by his younger brother, Charles F. Warren, and his niece, Diana J. Carter. His older sister, Emily Carter Jones, preceded him in death.

The family will greet friends at the Warren home in Goldsboro on Wednesday, April 13 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Oakdale Cemetery in Washington, and family will receive friends at Toddy’s home in Washington following the burial. A memorial service celebrating Lindsay’s life will be held on Friday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro. A reception will follow the service.

Memorial gifts in memory of Lindsay C. Warren Jr. may be made to First Presbyterian Church – 1101 E. Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC  27530, Kitty Askins Hospice Center – 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, NC  27534 or The Foundation of Wayne Community College – PO Box 8002, Goldsboro, NC  27533.

The Warren family is so grateful for all of the loving care Lindsay received at Wayne Memorial Hospital, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center and from wonderful friends.

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