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Warren Blackmon

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Joseph Warren Blackmon of Athens, Georgia died in Atlanta, February 12, 2021 from complications following heart surgery.

Born March 21, 1948 in Washington, GA, Warren grew up in Thomson, GA. He was the son of the late William Fred Blackmon and Lucy Warren Marston Blackmon. Warren graduated from Thomson High School, where he was an Eagle Scout; earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and tennis; and was Senior class President.

Upon completion of two years at Young Harris College he graduated from what is now Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. After spending 20 years in banking, he moved to Athens, GA in the early 1990’s. Ever the entrepreneur, Warren owned several businesses with a focus on loans, real estate, and property development.

Warren loved Athens and was a devoted Georgia Bulldog fan. He took particular pride in having friends from different walks of life, and especially respected the employees of Athens-Clarke County, with whom he worked (and sometimes sparred) in the course of his many business activities. Although a big-hearted, generous soul, Warren took delight in playing the role of contrarian especially in business and politics.

Warren is survived by his son William Dandridge “Dan” Blackmon (Courtney) of Columbia, SC and grandson William Dandridge “Ridge” Blackmon, Jr.; sister, Virginia Dennis (Bobby) of Buena Vista, GA; brother Fred Blackmon, Jr. (Jean) of Roswell, GA. In addition, he is survived by nieces and nephews Katherin Smith (Eddie), Chris Blackmon (Maura), Kirk Blackmon (Heather) and Jessica Engram (Tim). He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth Kershaw “Betsy” Blackmon. 

At his request, Warren was cremated, and his ashes will be scattered at the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. A celebration of life will be planned post-pandemic. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Young Harris College General Scholarship Fund or to Nuci’s Space in Athens, GA- both places were dear to Warren’s heart.

13 Comments To "Warren Blackmon"

Laurel Loftin On Aug 09 2021 at 9pm
I am wondering if there has been any word on the celebration of life for Warren. I spent many a Tuesday night with him at the bowling alley. I enjoyed the conversation, even when we didn't agree. He made me think and I appreciate that about him. I've been trying to keep up with any plans for a memorial but I am not much for social media, so worried I did not get the notice. I look forward to the opportunity to gather with his friends and family and make a bourbon toast to a friend. Reply to this comment
Adrianna Creech On Mar 31 2021 at 11am
I am praying for the family. I enjoyed Warren’s friendliness and conversation. His absence is a sad, empty place in my neighborhood. Thank you Warren for befriending me! Reply to this comment
Geraldine Marston On Mar 08 2021 at 7pm
Dear Cousin. You went too soon. Rest in peace, sweet soul. Reply to this comment
Jim bruce On Feb 24 2021 at 12pm
A gentleman and a scholar. A true friend. If you didn't know him it is your loss. And the picture here in his obit tells you all to need know about him. Save me a place in your boat Warren and we will fish for a few thousand years. I'll bring the beer. Reply to this comment
Anthony DePaolo On Feb 21 2021 at 3pm
Warren was a family friend and loved tossing cards around the poker table with him. We all will miss him! Prayers to the family! Reply to this comment
Robert Westmoreland On Feb 18 2021 at 7pm
I met Warren in December of 1971 when I was hired at the Home Federal Saving Bank in Gainesville. We remained close friends through all these years even after we went our separate ways. We enjoyed our UGA tailgate parties and trip following the Dawgs down to Jacksonville. He loved his friends and they loved him back. He will be missed. I miss him already. He loves his son Dan and the grandson. I’ll see you again Warren on the other side Reply to this comment
Melinda Cochran Davis On Feb 18 2021 at 9am
I got to know Warren through work. Every conversation always had me looking at situations through a variety of lenses. There was no question about where he stood on issues. He always had an interesting challenge ready when we needed to discuss a project. He helped me grow as a professional through those exchanges. If I ever saw Warren when I was out and about, he always had a warm greeting. We didn't agree on many things, but I appreciated Warren for who he was. Reply to this comment
Alex Pannell On Feb 17 2021 at 8pm
Warren Blackmon was a prodigious innovator and thought leader in the game of real estate in Georgia. Whenever, I ran into stumbling blocks or needed to know how to creatively approach a problem, he gladly aided me as if it was his own project. This attention allowed me to proceed in difficult circumstances where few would have gone. Thank you for being a light in guiding us. You will be sorely missed Uncle Warren. Reply to this comment
Chris wages On Feb 17 2021 at 10am
Athens will never be the same. I am one of the ACC employees who got to deal with Warren on a regular basis. He always kept you on your toes and made you do your homework but was someone you couldn’t help but like. I’m going to miss him. My prayers go out to the family. Reply to this comment
Bruce Williams On Feb 17 2021 at 10am
I am sorry for the family’s loss of our friend Warren.. He spoke often about wanting to watch his grandson grow. And of course he loved figuring out how the rails for trails was going to pay more! Warren was a very interesting man. Had a lot of good conversations. In fact I keep a business page titled “Warren’s Words of Wisdom”. Our currency was his advice along with few Longhorn meals. He will be missed!! I personally look forward to the hope described in Acts 24:15 15 "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." That’s a pretty good deal if you stop and think about it :) Reply to this comment
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