Randall David Warren
November 15, 1958 – September 11, 2019
Randall Warren, 60, of Green Cove Springs, passed away September 11, 2019. He was born in Jacksonville on November 15, 1958. Randy graduated from Bishop Kenny High School and received his B.S. in Education from The University of Tennessee at Martin where he played offensive tackle. He met his wife, Anne Warren at Orange Park High School where they started the dropout prevention program. They were later married October 12, 2001. Randy started the athletic program as Director when Fleming Island High School opened in 2003. In June 2017, he retired as a teacher and Athletic Director. Before coming to Fleming Island, Warren was the Athletic Director at Orange Park High from 1999-2003. Warren served Clay county schools for 28 years after working for six years with Bishop Kenny High and UT-Martin in Tennessee for a total of 34 years all together.
In an article published on Jacksonville.com on June 28, 2017 (https://www.jacksonville.com/clay/2017-06-28/fleming-island-ad-warren-steps-down) several colleagues commented on Randy’s work ethic and long-standing career. "He (Warren) was a hard worker,” (Jim) Taylor said. “No. 1, he put the kids first. He also did that as a teacher and a coach. He taught math and it was important to him. He didn’t just go through motions. He started helping me out and I could tell when I was getting ready to leave that he would be the one to take over.”
Warren also said he learned a lot from Sam Ward, the former principal at Orange Park High and Fleming Island High and current Fleming Island High principal Tom Pittman. Pittman described Warren as loyal and hard-working. “When you think of Fleming Island High School you can say refer to Randy Warren as Mr. Fleming Island High School,” Pittman said. “Anytime there was an athletic event, he was there over the past 14 years. The biggest thing he wanted was what was best for the students. He was loyal to me in the five years that I’ve been principal and the previous nine years with Mr. (Sam) Ward. He always kept me in the know. He was a great employee”
Frank Pontore, the coach of the state champion Fleming Island High boys soccer team, worked with Warren at both Orange Park and FIeming Island high schools. Pontore said Warren was influential in his leaving Orange Park High to join Fleming Island High. He praised Warren’s work ethic. “I’ve never seen a man who worked so hard to build this program at Fleming Island High School,” Pontore said. “He did everything he could possibly do to make this program a success and the results speak for themselves. He was also there putting the extra time in. It didn’t matter which sport. He would tutor after school to help kids out if they were athletes or non- athletes. Randy was always there for the school. He was a die-hard supporter.”
Randy was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Brookshire, and his brother Mitchell. He is survived by wife Anne Warren; his mother, Mary Lee West Warren; sister, Cindy Mason; brothers, Timothy and Chris and step-daughter, Lana Champion (Richard), step-son, George Titshaw, step-grandson Colton Champion, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Fleming Island High School (cafeteria), 2233 Village Square Parkway, Fleming Island, Florida, 32003 with a Visitation for the family and friends from 10am-11am and a Service at 11am with luncheon following. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, to: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Call 1-800-822-6344, Memorial ID # 11746862. Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens Rivermead, 127 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL 32073.
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2019
- A Celebration of Life Memorial Service Saturday, October 5, 2019
- Luncheon Saturday, October 5, 2019
Randall David Warren
October 4, 2019
Randy was a staple at FIHS. He always had a smile on his face and was ready and willing to help anyone in need.
One afternoon, I was about to head home from work and noticed I had a flat tire. I spent the next 30 minutes trying to figure out how to lower the tire from under my car so that I could hopefully change It out and head to GoodYear. Randy had passed by on his way to the stadium and must have noticed my situation because a few minutes later he was at my side with an air compressor ready to fill up my tire for me.
I didn’t have to ask him for help, he was just the kind of man who cared about everyone around him and was happy to do what he could for others.
I will never forget how kind and thoughtful he was that day. I saw it often when I watched him interact with others around school and in my own interactions with him. He was an amazing man and he will be greatly missed.
October 2, 2019
I'm so heartbroken to see this 💔. Coach Warren was such a great man and it was an honor to know him from my time as a student at OPHS. (Class of 2001). Prayers to his wife and family during this tragic time. I know he went on to FIHS, but "Once a Raider, always a Raider." Rest In Peace, Coach.
September 30, 2019
Several years ago I ran the River Run with Randy and my brother Kevin. They both beat me but it was great fun. I had heard about
"The Great Randini" for years and it was enjoyable being with him,
what a good man and great loss. God Bless Him and his family!
September 23, 2019
I knew Randy in college. He was recruited to play football for UT Martin and was an outstanding player, although he may have been an even better baseball player. He was a dedicated and serious athlete who was respected by his teammates and coaches. He was a brilliant mathematician, taking time to tutor others over the years. Randy was loved by such a large group of friends for being fun-loving, kind, caring, and helpful. As his best friend George said, “He would give you the shirt off his back.” I watched that play out in many ways from rescuing friends at all hours, driving miles to be a friend’s side, or coming at a moments notice to help someone in need. He loved animals. He once rescued a litter of newborn kittens from a dumpster, nursed them back to health, and found homes for them! He always kept his faith close, finding a way to attend mass, at least occasionally, in college. He will be remembered with love and greatly missed by so many. My sincere condolences to his sweet family and dear wife, Anne.
September 21, 2019
Randy touched the lives of thousands
of students, parents, teachers, coaches, family , community and friends.
We are all better people because of his encouragement and ability to teach us
“To work together and love one another.”
I got to know Randy and Anne when they moved to The Point in Fleming Island.
Randy could be seen walking around our small complex daily checking on everyone! He served on the Board of Directors, helped with maintenance, the pool and landscape. Whatever we needed to do as an Association...Randy was there!
When Randy and Anne moved a year ago
he frequently returned to The Point to check on us.
His favorite outdoor cats were Brownie and Tiger. Several of us adopted these two cats...but these two cats loved Randy. During Cold weather or storms you would always see Randy walking the complex to get them into his garage.
Both of these cats lived to be 16 years old. His love and compassion for animals and people will never be forgotten.
Randy had a heart as big as the earth. He was a Gentle Soul! He loved and cared for his sweet wife Anne. He took care of all of us.
We will miss Randy very much.
I am honored to have walked on this path of life with him. He was a dear friend.
Maria Samper Sabatier
September 19, 2019
Randy and I met at Bishop Kenny, he was the class clown and the sweetest teddy bear, he was a bear when playing football. My fondest memory is just seeing him everyday in the halls and in Religion class which was filled with almost all football players, I felt bad for Father Sullivan and the tricks that were played on him.
We lost touch after BK, but then I find out he is a teacher at BK and taught 3 of my younger siblings.
My condolences to Randy's family.
RIP my friend.
Robin Simoni Norton
September 18, 2019
Randy and I went to High School at Kenny together. Randy always had a smile and a nice word for everyone. He was one great athlete too. We will miss you Randy. You left this world too soon.
September 18, 2019
Randy was a dear high school friend of mine. He was the first person I saw in the hospital following an accident during my junior year in high school. He came to visit me every day I was in the hospital. His friendship meant a lot to me during my awkward years at Bishop Kenny because I was shy and had few real friends. He made me laugh, kept secrets, shared his thoughts with me and helped to make my days brighter. I will miss his presence on this Earth, but know he is at peace.
September 18, 2019
Randy was a fine man and a gentleman and a tremodous football player. It was a priviledge for to me to be his friend and he was there many times for me and i have nothing but fond memories of
him he came over to my house when we were growing up in high school the entire family the Thurson Family new him and always enjoyed his company. And i also stay in touched with him thru out all these years and my brother Tracy Thurson Coached with him at
Bishop Kenny he will missed tremodusly and he is at peace know because he is with God
September 17, 2019
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Eternal God, you have shared with us the life of Randy. Before he was ours, he was yours. For all that Randy has given us to make us what we are, for that of him which lives and grows in each of us, and for his life that in your love will never end, we give you thanks. As now we offer Randy back into your arms, comfort us in our loneliness, strengthen us in our weakness, and give us courage to face the future unafraid. Draw those of us who remain in this life closer to one another, make us faithful to serve one another, and help us to know that peace and joy which is eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
September 16, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Randy at OPHS for many years. He was the kindest man and the best to work with. My condolences to his family, especially to Anne. God bless.