Richard Allen WARDEN Sr.

October 27, 1938November 8, 2020

Richard Allen Warden, Sr., age 82, born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 27, 1938 to Alvin and Christine Warden. Rich went to heaven on November 8, 2020 in Franklin, Tennessee. Rich is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hulme Warden; sons, Richard A. Warden, Jr. (Laurie Moran) and Stephen Whitfield Warden; grandchildren, Richard A. Warden III, Christian Alexander Warden, and Kaylin Nicole Warden; sisters, Rita Warden Short, Sue Warden Pewitt, and Cindy Warden Beasley.

Rich was a man of GOD; Christ Jesus was first in his life. He was a devoted, loving, caring, protecting man of his family of which he was the solid foundation. A fun person with a personality that never met a stranger. He was loyal to his friends and he had many because of his sincere love for them. He loved engineering and business- loved going to work every day ready and able to meet the challenges as they presented themselves. Retirement was at first hard for him because he was a worker and problem solver. After retirement, he opened his own consulting business and thrived on helping companies solve their problems by bringing a lifetime of experience to the table. Rich worked 1962 -1983 with TL Herbert and sons and 1983 -2004 with Rogers group Inc. Rich enjoyed golfing and hunting and fishing in Kodiak, Alaska. He was a member of Victory Fellowship Church for 25 years and served on the VFC Board of Advisors and the Prayer team with Grace Chapel Church.

Rich was beloved by his family and all will miss him. His love and care of them will forever remain in their hearts and lives.

Visitation will be held on November 13, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Grace Chapel Church, 3279 Southall Road Franklin,Tennessee 37064 with funeral service immediately following.


  • Gathering of friends and family

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Celebration of life

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 14, 2020


Richard Allen WARDEN Sr.

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November 18, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I work at Rogers Group. Rich was one of my favorite employees. He would come to my location at Pottsville, and I would beg to ride the helicopter. He was probably thinking he wished I would go way and stop bugging him. But he was great. He came back and told me "ok, you get the ride". That is my most favorite memory of Rich, of how nice he was. He did not have to do that but he did it out of kindness. This will always be my favorite memory of Rich and my favorite Rogers Group Memory for me. I will never forget that day.
Prayers are with you all.
Linda Howell

Dale Cathey

November 17, 2020

Rich and I often poked fun at each other about our football teams. Mine was Tennessee, and his was obviously Vanderbilt. This went on for some time, and when my first daughter was born, a slew of gifts from Rich were delivered to the hospital an hour after she was delivered. Knowing the nature of our constant ribbing I expected the worse. However, to my surprise, the boxes contained everything imaginable for a newborn, and all the items were adorned with UT orange. I called Rich to thank him for the kind gesture, and he assured me he had absolutely nothing to do with it, and gave Ms. Carolyn all the credit. But deep down, I knew it was him. I love you Rich and appreciate everything you did for me and my family. I will miss you dearly.
Dale Cathey

Kathy Bonnet

November 15, 2020

Rich will be missed by many, including my husband,Bernard. He hunted with Rich as often as possible. I am disappointed that we were unaware of the funeral arrangements. Kept looking for it in the Tennessean but it never came up. Caroline I am sure he is up there with Mag and many more. May God’s strength hold you close as you move forward in life. With warm regards

Jerry Kiefer

November 13, 2020

I was surprised to hear of Rich's untimely death. I had known Rich since my arrival at Rogers Group in the 1980's. He was the most welcoming and warmest person with whom I have ever worked. He continued to be supportive during our work at Compass Executives. I will miss his genuine smile and relaxed demeanor that always made it a pleasure to be with him. My prayers go out to Carolyn and the family.

Kenny Adomyetz

November 13, 2020

One of the best attributes to a man at the end of life is to be remembered as an honorable man. I can truly say that from my view of Rich's life, I always saw an honorable man. I was fortunate enough to have dinner with Rich and Carolyn at a Rogers Group event in December 2019. I took this picture and cherish the memories.

Les Geralds

November 13, 2020

Due to the current situation with Covid and two new grand daughters, I was unable to attend the services and it breaks my heart.
Rich was such an important part of my life and my career. We were able to hunt in Mexico and Tennessee and had some great times in Louisville while he was here. He was a great friend in the field or in the office.
I can not forget, and will always be thankful that he helped me through some very tough career decisions.
We had talked in April and promised each other that as soon as this pandemic eased that we would get together and do some fishing or hunting. So sad that we never got that opportunity.
Les Geralds

Susan Manke

November 13, 2020

I worked with Rich at Compass Executives for over 12 years. I learned so much from his business acumen and the way he treated people. I always looked forward to our meetings as he was also a great storyteller sharing wonderful insights about his experiences. . . and a few jokes. He will be missed! My condolences to his family.

Linda & Don Chambers

November 12, 2020

Carolyn, Don and I were saddened to hear of your loss. We share many happy memories at ARTBA in Washington D.C. We will be remembering you in prayer, lifting your family up to the Great I Am!

Mike Agee

November 12, 2020

Rich Warden was a GOOD man. Although I reported to Rich for several years, he was more of a friend than a boss. Our loss is heaven’s gain. To the family, thank you for sharing him. You are all in our prayers.

Frank Krueger

November 12, 2020

Rich was a wonderful man! I was blessed to have had the opportunity to spend several years at Rogers Group with him. I will always cherish his friendship and love for his family and friends. So many talents! Special time I remember were the annual company meetings in Naples, FL and Rich and I always teaming up as golf partners. Also, when Victoria ran for Circuit Judge, Rich volunteering to sit at for many hours at a voting site holding a sign for her election. Will always remember his great smile and beaming personality. One of a kind! My thoughts and prayers for Carolyn and the family. His is truly now with our Lord in heaven.


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