Funeral services for Lillie Mae Warren will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at the PLM&D Center at Helena Crossing.

Funeral services for Lillie Mae Warren will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at the PLM&D Center at Helena Crossing.

Visitation will be noon to 5 p.m. Friday, July 28 in the Stephens Funeral Home Chapel.

The family hours will be 6 to 7 p.m.

Rev. Cedric Pride will officiate.

Interment will be in Springlake Cemetery in Lexa.


Lillie Mae Thomas was born Sept. 11, 1938 to Georgia Mae Tyler and Dave Watson in West Helena. She was their only child.

Lillie accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age at Greater First Baptist Church in West Helena. She worked diligently, faithfully, and with dedication until her health failed and she was unable to attend church.

She was a lover of Sunday School, even after she was unable to attend, some of the church members would bring her Sunday School books to read.

Lillie was a 1955 graduate of Eliza Miller High School. She also graduated from Phillips County Community School of nursing in Helena in 1962.

She later worked at the Helena Regional Medical Center for over 40 years until her health failed. She loved to sing and teach singing. She was a member of the Petersonaires, Heavenly Harmonettes, and the Tree of Life Gospel singers for many of years. She implemented the Greater First Baptist Young Adult Choir and the Gospel Soul Singer, which were both very successful.

Lillie married Newton Robinson in 1957 and to their union 2 children were born, Newton Jr., and Lita. In 1969 Lillie married Willie B. Warren and a son, David was born. During this marriage she inherited three beautiful girls, Jean, Diana, and Linda Kaye.

Lillie was the first black female on the West Helena City Council.

Feb. 6 was proclaimed the “Lillie Warren Day” by former Helena-West Mayor James Valley.

Lillie had several loved ones who went home to be with the Lord prior to her death. Preceding her in death was her mom, Georgia Tyler Varner, her stepdad, Henry Varner, her dad, Dave Watson, god-brother, J.W. “Slick” Thomas, stepdaughter Linda K. Warren, grandson Akerion Warren, mother-in-law, Verna B. Warren, and Okus Warren.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Willie B. Warren; a daughter, Lita M. Johnson (Earl); 2 sons, Newton RobinsonJr., and David (Jawanna) Warren; 2 stepdaughters, Dianne Harris (Dwain) and Armer Jean Calvin (Lawrence); an aunt, Virie Walker; an uncle, Rev. George (Mary) Thomas; a daughter-in-law. Brenda Robinson; grandchildren, Demetrick, LiTabrian, Cedriuana, Newtondrea, Alyssia, Kristyie, Shawntonia, Ankendra, Dionna, Mark, Deon, Brian and Sean; 15 great-grandchildren; a cousin, David Hickman; 4 godchildren, Rev. Cedric Pride, Brenda Pride, Angela Stewart, and Cynthia Smith; and many other cousins and other relatives who will miss her dearly.

Services were entrusted to Stephens Funeral Home