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H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA

OBITUARY

Warren Yancey Jobe

November 12, 1940October 19, 2019

Warren Yancey Jobe, 78, of Atlanta died early Saturday morning on October 19, 2019, at his home at Lenbrook.

Warren was born November 12, 1940, in Mebane, NC, to Frances Malone Jobe and Talmadge Jobe. He attended Mebane High School and was named Most Outstanding Senior. He was a key member of the 1957 basketball team that won the State Championship while winning 57 straight games.

He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he played on the freshman golf team. He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and served as Treasurer. He graduated in 1963 with a BS in Business Administration and Accounting. Upon graduation, he began a career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co in Charlotte, NC.

He met his future wife, Sally Crumpler at the wedding of his neighbor. They were married in Burlington, NC, on June 6, 1964 and lived in Charlotte, NC, where their 2 sons Warren, Jr., 1966, and Cooper, 1968, were born. In 1968 he accepted a transfer with AA & Co to Atlanta, GA, as a Tax Manager assigned to the Southern Company. In 1971, Southern Company hired him as their Tax Manager. This began his long career with the Southern Company and Georgia Power Company. In 1981 he attended Harvard Business School and was awarded an Executive MBA. He was named VP and Chief Financial Officer in 1982, a position he held for 16 years.

He was instrumental in establishing the Georgia Power Foundation in 1986, and later the Southern Company Foundation in 2000 after being named Executive VP of the Southern Company in 1998. He was dedicated to community service and served on many not-for-profit boards. He was a longtime member of the Atlanta Rotary Club, serving as President in 1996-1997. He was Chair of the Metro Atlanta YMCA, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Oglethorpe University (on which he served for 30 years), a VP for the Atlanta Olympic Games, and Honorary Chair of A Family Affair, which raises money for Alzheimer’s research, to name just a few. He loved the game of golf and was a member of Peachtree Golf Club and the Capital City Club.

Warren retired in 2000 after 30 years with Southern Company and Georgia Power Company. After retirement he served on several corporate boards, including UniSource Energy in Tucson, AZ, Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA, WellPoint Health Network in Thousand Oaks, CA, and Anthem in Indianapolis IN.

He leaves behind his loving family: wife of 55 years Sally; sons Warren, Jr. and his longtime friend and partner Laura Sollod of Charlottesville, VA, and Cooper and his wife Carmen, of Atlanta; grandsons Eli and Everett Jobe aged 9; brother Talmadge Jobe and wife Linda of Greensboro, NC; sister Luanne Nicholson and husband Tom of Fayetteville, NC; sisters-in-law, Peg Ladd of Burlington, NC, and Clara Bitter of Asheville, NC, and 5 nephews and 4 nieces.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oglethorpe University, Atlanta Metro YMCA, Respite Care-Atlanta, or a charity of your choice. A funeral will be held at Peachtree Presbyterian Church at 2PM on Friday, October 25th, with a reception after in the Williams Center at the church.

  • DONATIONS

  • Oglethorpe University
  • Atlanta Metro YMCA
  • Respite Care-Atlanta

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, October 25, 2019

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Daniel Walker

October 29, 2019

WY as I called him growing up in Mebane was my unofficial big brother. He was my role model. Throughout my high school and college years WY would send me notes of encouragement. I decided to follower his career path in finance at an electric utility. We talked often to compare notes and I believe shared common values and aspirations. He was more than a friend, he was my big brother.

Beth Powell

October 25, 2019

Warren and Sally were our across-the-street neighbors on Moores Club Place for over 20 years. Whenever we emerged from our houses, Warren never missed the chance to walk over and say hello. He was a kind golf mentor to our son, Guyton, while he was still a teenager, and Warren also never failed to ask about both our children even after they were grown and had moved away and started their own families. Warren and Sally both took under their wing my husband Doug's mother Ruth, who lived with us while we lived on Moores Club Place. Doug and I are grateful to be counted among Warren's many, many friends.

Becky Blalock

October 25, 2019

I had the honor of working with Mr Jobe for many years at Georgia Power. He was a great role model for me. He was fully committed to his family, community and our company. One of my biggest lesson learned from him was to "Allow people to fail. That is where our biggest lessons come from". I made a major mistake in some important accounting documents when working for Warren. Fortunately he caught it before we went public with the information. I was horrified by the incident and became a fanatic about fact checking after this incident. He never held this mistake against me and was very gracious about my need to learn from it. Throughout my career he has been a cheerleader and mentor. I am very grateful to have crossed paths with this wise, kind and wonderful man.

Russ Robinson

October 24, 2019

What a wonderful Tar Heel Warren was -- his contributions to Southern Company and Georgia Power were a model of effort and knowledge -- but Warren never lost his humility -- his civic contributions were extensive. He was so easy to talk to and so personable. We will miss you at the Rams Club and Kenan Flagler meetings my friend. Mebane can be very proud of it's native son.

Jim Larkin

October 24, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear this news, Coop. Thinking of you and your family.

Anthem Board of Directors and Management

October 24, 2019

With heavy hearts, we extend our sincere condolences on behalf of Anthem, Inc.’s Board of Directors and management. Warren served on the Anthem Board from 2004 to 2014, and prior thereto on the WellPoint Health Networks and BCBS of Georgia boards beginning in 1999. He contributed to our vision to transform health care and provided guidance of the financial oversight of the company as a member of the Audit Committee, as well as Chair of the Committee for several years. He was a true gentleman, a pleasure to work with and highly regarded by all.

Peter Lauer

October 23, 2019

Still remember meeting Warren some 20 years ago on business through his role as Board Member for Wellpoint. He was friendly, smart, thoughtful and classy. Was pleased to become friends when we moved to Atlanta from Washington sometime later.

You made the world better.
Will miss you Warren.
RIP

Larry Westbrook

October 23, 2019

Warren will be missed. I knew him at Georgia Power and Southern Company and he was a highly respected financial executive and genuine friend. His civic contributions were clearly outstanding. I offer my prayers and condolences to Sally and his wonderful family.

Sincerely, Larry Westbrook

John Day

October 22, 2019

Warren was a great friend who treated people with respect. I knew him when he was CFO of Ga Power and I was the audit manager with AA&Co. I will always have good memories of working with him.
Sincerely, John R Day

Sheila Puleo Kosek

October 22, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. Enjoyed working with Warren at Georgia Power and Southern Company. He was a great guy and will be missed. Keeping your family in the prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY