Warren ~ JANICE LYNN WARREN was born October 3, 1964 to Marie Garvin Hildreth and the late James Derry Sr. in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated in 1983 from William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Janice attended Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated with honors; she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Education.
Janice accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was a member of Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Alex Garvin. She sang in the choir, served on the Usher Ministry and as Church Secretary. Janice worked for the Duval County School System at Eugene Butler Elementary School for six years. She relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where she was an entrepreneur and a dedicated staff member at the Apex Museum in downtown Atlanta.
Janice was known for her easygoing personality, infectious smile and laugh. She loved to travel and cook. Janice was a superb dancer and a talented Track Star during her high school years. She won numerous ribbons, trophies and received notoriety throughout the State. Janice often traveled far and wide to compete with other athletes. It didn’t take long for others to notice her aptitude in Cross Country and the 440 Relay Races. She was nicknamed “Callac” because, she was smooth, fast and (short) low to the ground.
On July 27, 2022, God in His infinite wisdom called Janice to peace and glory. She had a kind heart and was the embodiment of love. She was preceded in death by her father, Pastor James Derry, Sr.; stepfather, Arthur Hildreth; brother, Freddie Martin. Janice walked this life's journey in grace and she leaves a lasting legacy through her devoted sons, Jarrell, Marcus and Jaylen and her beloved grandson, Jamal Warren, who captured her heart. She also leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Mrs. Marie Garvin Hildreth; brother, James Derry Jr. (Deborah); sisters, Sherry Anderson (Carl) Los Angeles, California, Jacquelyen Derry, Joyce Derry, and Carolyn Owens (Oak Hill); love of her life, Patrick Cook, Atlanta, Georgia; a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends who were near and dear to her. Janice will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Ms. Janice Lynn Warren, 11 AM Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Church, 5527 Redpoll Avenue; Pastor A. L. Jordan. Visitation Friday from 5 – 7 PM at The Soutel Chapel. Because of the love of her family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Dr, 904.924.9400.
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