J.D. “Jake” Warden, 78, of Kirbyville, died in his home Tuesday evening. He was born in Fairdale, to Jesse D. and Katie McGee Warden. J.D. graduated from Hemphill High School in 1954, then served in the U.S. Army in Korea after the Korean War. J.D. or “Jake” as he was known by his co-workers retired as supervisor for United States Steel and was a member of Boiler Makers Union Local 587. He belonged to and was a deacon of the Beechgrove Missionary Baptist Church. He moved to Kirbyville 17 years ago, coming from Orange.
J.D. is survived by his wife of 56 years, Leona Warden of Kirbyville; daughter Leisa Lewis and husband Wesley of Orange; brother, Donald Warden and wife Cookie of Kirbyville; sisters, Kathryn McDaniel Smith and husband Gale of Mauriceville, Dwanda White McCroskey and husband Glenn of Hemphill, and his grandson Jarred Lewis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Helen McGraw, Hazel Seago, Jessie Low, Tressie Loudon, and his brother Norris Warden.
Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Thursday, Aug. 28, at Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St., Hemphill.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, Aug. 29, at Starr Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery in the Fairmount community near Hemphill.