OBITUARY: Vivian Sue Warren

Vivian Sue Warren

Vivian Sue Surles Warren, age 88, passed away Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, in her home surrounded by family in Columbia, Tennessee.

Vivian was born to the late Lee Roy and Della Davis Surles on November 23rd, 1932 in Giles County Tennessee.

From a young age, Vivian enjoyed working outside the home. She loved meeting new and different people and helping them with anything they may need. She worked hard even until the age of 80. Vivian worked at Robyn’s Cards and Gifts, Parks Belk, and JCPenney, and has endless stories of her encounters and friends she’s made along the way. At one point her husband, Roger, was working as a Tour Bus Driver. He was on the road so much she finally decided to hop in along with him and became a Tour Guide herself and they both traveled the USA sharing and showing their knowledge with the world. When she wasn’t working, you could sometimes find her with a paintbrush in hand ready to paint anything that wasn’t moving. Vivian has been a lifelong member of the Church of Christ community in Columbia, Tennessee. She will be so greatly missed.

A graveside service for Mrs. Vivian will be held Saturday, August 7th at 11:00 AM, where she will be laid to rest at Giles Memory Gardens.

Vivian is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Roger Dwayne Warren; Daughters: Dwayna Hardin, Dr. Melinda Marks, Lisa Million; grandchildren: Olivia Hanna Hardin, Carmen Allred, Courtney Stacy, Stratton Marks, Noah Million, Abi Million, Ian Million; four great-grandchildren, plus another little one on the way; and brother: Carl Surles and sister: Norma Jean Surles.

Vivan is preceded in death by her siblings: Grady, William B., Lee Roy, Sam, Knox, Jim, and “Bud” Surles.

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude for the comfort and care that Mrs. Vivian received in recent years, a special thank you to the outstanding caregivers: Debbie Whitwell, Mandy Connor, Rita Brunson, Cindy Himes, Judy Connor, and Melissa White.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in honor of Mrs. Vivian to the Parkinson Research Foundation 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34232 or online at

Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be given to the family by visiting


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