Warren F. Abrams
January 2, 1937 – July 30, 2018
Warren Frank “Abe” Abrams Jr. was born January 2, 1937, in Wamego, Kansas, to Fern Boehner and Frank Warren Abrams Sr. He joined half-brother Russell Young and sister Sharon followed a few years later. The family moved to a farm near Loveland, Colorado, when Abe was three.
At six, he was given the choice of washing dishes or milking cows, He readily chose the cows not realizing the job required rising at 5 o’clock each day to milk. He continued milking until he left home at eighteen. Abe worked with his dad doing custom combining from Texas to the Canadian border. He worked at the hospital as an aide after school when he was in high school. He graduated from Loveland High School and worked for Great Western MSG of Johnstown before joining the management training program of the Woolworth Company. He managed stores in Colorado, Kansas, and Montana, before purchasing a dry cleaner and laundromat in Stanford, Montana. He diversified into construction and bought a lumber yard too. Seeing a need in the community for a place to minister to the many young people caught up in drugs, he joined several men in the area and bought a rundown mansion. After remodeling, Abe moved his family into the home. God used the Hospitality Center to raise up several ministers, a doctor, and many victorious Christians. During this time, God was calling Abe into full time ministry, but he felt his lack of formal education was a hinderance. It took falling off a scaffold to convince him that God was serious. He told the Lord that he would answer the call to pastor in Sheridan, Montana if his five businesses sold. Within two months, all the businesses were sold and he was on his way to pastor the fledgling Dayspring Mission.
Abe was active in several organizations, including The Gideons International, Full Gospel Businessmen, and the Holy Way. He continually reached out to other pastors, forming strong bonds in ministry.
After seven years in Sheridan, God led Abe to Houston where he worked for several lumber and hardware businesses before becoming Quality Control Manager for a surgical drape company. He was always involved in ministry wherever the Lord opened a door. The next clear call from God was to Durango, Colorado, where Abe and Effie opened the doors of Christian Family Marriage Counseling. A local pastor came one evening. He felt called to missions and had asked God who should follow him as pastor. He turned the church over to Abe and left for the mission field. God ordained connections abounded.
After four years in Durango, God sent Abe, Effie, and Jedidiah on the road in a motorhome to walk and pray in the streets and alleys of the cities and towns He led them to. They covered many western states, and again, made many God ordained connections. God supplied their needs in amazing ways.
After several years of traveling with temporary stays in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, Abe was called to pastor a church in Pocatello, Idaho, where they remained for eleven years followed by several years in house church ministry.
In 2005, Abe began having health issues. He and Effie parked their motorhome in Jedidiah’s backyard in Colorado Springs while Abe underwent various treatments. When Jedidiah and wife Natalie moved to Arkansas, Abe and Effie followed and remained there taking care of granddaughter Daniella until Abe’s went home to be with Jesus on July 30, 2018.
Abe was father to two sons through his first marriage to Virginia Churchill. Steve (Starlyn) Abrams; and Jeff (Jyll) Abrams who passed away in 2004. He and Effie were parents to Jedidiah (Natalie). He has eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He is survived by half-brother, Russell (Margie) Young, and sister, Sharon (Bruce) Allison.
Since he first met Jesus, Abe was a student of the Word of God. He studied scripture with the Holy Spirit and a highlighter. He had a special gift for connecting scriptures from the Old Testament with scriptures from the New Testament and loved to share the truths God revealed to him through the Word. He lived a blessed life of ministry and service to those around him and touched many lives.
A celebration of life will be held at Rogers First Church of the Nazarene in Rogers, AR on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2 P.M.
Arrangements are under the care of Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville, AR. www.callisonlough.com
- Celebration of Life Friday, August 10, 2018
Warren F. Abrams
August 10, 2018
August 10, 2018