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A note from our CEO, Emily Warren.
Last year we lost both Patriarchs of my family. From the 16th of September to 13th of November our whole lives changed as we said goodbye to Alva Eugiene Warren and Freeman Edgar Smith. Thanksgiving morning I sat down with my two grandmothers and reminisced with stories of love, change, and hope.
Billie Jewel Smith was married to Freeman Smith for more than 50 years and looking back on their life together she often thinks of it through his eyes. “He was the breadwinner all of our life. He had to make decisions that I didn’t.” Papa was an executive for Exxon most of his life, the businessman of our family. We all looked up to him for being such a hardworker, but not only that, one of the most giving humans you’d ever know. He loved giving presents.
Louise Warren and Gene Warren met at First Baptist Charlotte after a young adult rally. At 5ft tall Louise didn’t even come up to Gene’s shoulder. He was a handsome 6’1. Most of their life together was spent in Charlotte, North Carolina where Gene was an arichitect. Louise raised their three sons with grace and love, never quick to anger and always ready for whatever life with three boys might bring.
As I look back on my life, some of my greatest memories and lessons were with my grandparents. I never thought their wisdom was out of date or that they were out of touch with the struggles I had. I’ve seen both of my grandmothers take the role of caregivers. My Grandmother drove Granddaddy around for the last 8 years of his life and my Gramma cared for Papa long before he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While the holidays are different now without them, my family takes great pride in the legacy they left and we talk about them often. This holiday season I hope to continue to fullfill the legacy they left by serving, caring for and loving the special people in my life! I hope you do the same. Happy Holidays!