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Nancy Oxley Warren
June 28,1933-April 21, 2022
Nancy Oxley Warren, 88, of Kingsport, Tennessee, went peacefully home to be with her beloved Jesus at Johnson City Medical Center on Thursday, April 21, 2022. She was born in Athens, West Virginia, and graduated from Sullivan High School in Tennessee. She was a homemaker who took care of her husband and three daughters with joy and pride. Nancy was a member of Glen Alpine United Methodist Church and then Sunnyside Baptist Church where she enjoyed many years of singing in the choir, going on mission trips with the youth, and rocking babies in the nursery. For many years, her greatest delight was sitting across the gym supporting her beloved “Coach” and Sullivan Central Cougars. She was their biggest fan. In her later years, she enjoyed birthday parties with her 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, cheering them on at their many sporting events, reading, crossword puzzles, snuggles with her granddogs, Brixton and Maxx, and sitting in the recliner beside Coach petting Hera and watching “The Price is Right”. Her smile lit up a room, and she will be missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy B. and Ruth Cullop Oxley; her only sibling, Eddie Oxley; and son-in-law, Terry Utsman.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard Warren; daughters, Becky Weatherford, Sheri Utsman (Terry), and Beth Hare (Hank); grandchildren, Marti Coates (Tim), Andrew Weatherford (Haylie), Philip Weatherford (Erika), Timothy Weatherford, Josh Utsman (Becky), Brianna Utsman, Brian Utsman, Alyssa White (Noah), Eric Hare, and Jenna Hare; great-grandchildren, Justin Coates, Bridgette Coates, Molly Coates (Eben Murdock), Kadin Coates, Beckham Weatherford, Kallie Weatherford, Hadley James Weatherford, Ava Utsman, Lyra Utsman, and Baby Q Utsman (coming in August); great-great grandchildren, Kylie Coates, Ruby Browder, Declan Murdock, and Juniper Murdock.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Sunnyside Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 4 p.m. with The Rev. Paul Sheaffer officiating.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022, at East Lawn Memorial Park.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Andrew Weatherford, Philip Weatherford, Timothy Weatherford, Josh Utsman, Brian Utsman, Eric Hare, Kadin Coates, and Justin Coates, Hank Hare, and Tim Coates.
The family would like to thank the Johnson City Medical Center doctors, nurses, hospice, and staff in ICU and The Stroke Center for their kindness and care of our wife and mother over the last 2 weeks.
I am very sorry for your loss. Nancy and I were friends for 70+ years. I hope God will be with you, Dickie. I am very sorry I can not attend the funeral.
Al Asbury May 6 2022 3:55 PM
Richard and family, My memories of Nancy go back to when I was a pung girl living in Sullivan Gardens. Her mom was associated with Sullivan Elem. School. her dad had the deepest bass voce, and when he spoke, you paid attention. Eddie plyed a mean trombone along with John arle Childress in the SHS band. I was a mascot at the time, and just loved to hear them play. Nancy was a very good friend of my sister Evelyn and graduated with her. I lived in the neighborhood with Coach Warren directed a summer program for the children in he neighborhod. Becky, I remember when you were born and the house you lived in when you were a baby wow...those are ld memories, but I will tell you about a memeory that will live on forever. It was the h9gh sch0l days when your dad would teach all those young boys how to be honorable men. He cared about those boys, and there would be your mom ...."A great woman behind a great man." When he coached at SHS he shared duties with Coach Ed Foster....and Coach Jim Norton. Dickie had 3 girls, Ed had 4 girls, and Jim had 2 girls......God knew these men would be responsible for leading so many young men they needed some girls to love. I stand in awe and appreciation for the wives who helped them help the PIRATES... Nancy, rest in peace until your family makes it home.
Jeanne Biggs Moore (Sullivan Gardens) Apr 27 2022 10:50 PM
Dear Coach Warren, In the loss of Nancy, I am so sorry. Her warm smile lit up the gym at the Central games. She was your most fierce supporter and loved her girls so much. May God bless you with strength, direction and peace in the weeks to come. May a lifetime of wonderful memories bring you and the family a smile and comfort.
judy scalf Apr 25 2022 6:43 PM
Dear Warren family,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of Nancy. I always felt welcome in your home growing up due to her warm personality. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Gerri Gilbert St. Clair Apr 25 2022 11:29 AM
Sending so much love to your family right now for I know how much her physical presence will be missed. "Mama Warren" always wore the biggest smile and greeted Beth's C-N crew with a big hug - making us instantly feel welcomed and at home. She didn't even lose her cool when Beth and I spilled paint all over the backseat of their new car when we were in college. So many wonderful memories. She was an angel and certainly will still be lingering in the lives of her beloved family.
Tina Harlow Apr 24 2022 10:38 PM
Sending my deepest condolences to Coach and family! My God bless and bring you all peace and comfort during this time!
Sharon. Greer Apr 24 2022 12:17 AM
Dickie and family. So sorry to learn of Nancy's passing. What a wonderful lady and such a long , useful life she experienced. Have many memories of your family especially those first two years of Central High basketball. Pray for God's peace, strenght, and joy thru this difficult time for you and the family,
Barbara Tunnell Buhr
Barbara Tunnell Buhr Apr 23 2022 9:19 PM
We are so very sorry for your loss. Jimbo and I both have such fond memories of Nancy. She had such a sweet smile and always made you feel cared about.
We are thinking about you all and know you are cherishing your memories.
Jimbo & Madolyn Norton
Jim & Madolyn Norton Apr 23 2022 4:43 PM
On behalf of every single basketball player that ever played at Sullivan Central for the legendary Coach Warren....we all absolutely loved Mrs. Warren. She truly was our biggest fan and a strong source of encouragement.
We are heartbroken for you all and will be praying for God’s peace and comfort to surround your entire family as you walk through this very difficult time. We grieve with you but we are also thankful that she knew and loved Jesus and that her Savior knew and loved her too.
Praying for you all.
Brandon Porter Apr 23 2022 2:51 PM
There are several reasons I could never forget Nancy Warren,Her beautiful smile,friendliness,& her being the wife of legendary Coach Richard Warren,plus,she loved to sing,& she loved Elvis,from who's lips,I heard these words,"Without a song,the day is long,without a song I don't belong,so,I just keep singing a song".And,the last time I saw her,we,Charlotte & I,along with She & Coach,happened to be at an outing in a picnic shelter,at Bays Mtn,where Coach came to me & said,"Nancy wants to hear you sing "LOVE ME TENDER",So,without hesitation,I walked over to her,sitting on a bench,& proceeded to sing that Epic Elvis Ballad to her,as she sat Smiling throughout,showing/telling me that she loved it.How could I ever forget?RIP, Wonderful,Beautiful,Lady,& may GOD Bless all your Wonderful Loved Ones,& friends.God Bless You,Coach.
Otis & Charlotte Vicars Apr 23 2022 1:40 PM