A Celebration of Life will be held at noon on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at United Pentecostal Jubilee House of Prayer with The Reverend Dr. Bobby Sledge officiating and inhumation in the Roselawn Garden of Memory. Public viewing will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Reynolds Funeral Home.
On June 14, 1956 in Gates, Tennesse an angel was birthed into the world. Her parents, Mr. Lonnie and Mrs. Ella Lawrence Tapplar would name her Lena Mae Tapplar. She was predestined to be a beacon of light and hope to all that she came in contact with. She departed this life and entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 5, 2018.
Dr. Lena M. Warrior attended Anderson High School in Anderson, IN. After graduating high school, she was employed at Fred’s Frozen Foods as a Lab Technician in Noblesville, IN. She was employed by Delphi Automotives located in Athens, AL for 12 years before leaving the industry for full-time ministry. Her outreach ministry consisted of being the Founder of Out of the Rain Mission Center (which fed and clothed thousands), and In His Care Daycare Center (which cared for hundreds of children).
Dr. Warrior was part of and had a major impact on several civic and social organizations such as: Chapter President of the North Alabama Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, member of the Pilot Club of Decatur; Civitan Club, ADC and the NAACP.
She was also the Founder of Strong Women Concept, owner of Emporess Restaurant, CEO/Producer of the Gospel stage play “Do You Dare to be Different?”, CEO of LWP (Lena Warrior Production) and a singer/songwriter of a project titled, “Simply Free.”
In 2003, she received a Masters of Arts , and in 2006 she received a Doctorate of Biblical Studies from the North Carolina College of Theology in Wilmington, NC. In 2017, she received Training Certification from John Maxwell Leadership Program. There were also numerous awards received throughout the years of her dedicated service to all.
She was preceded in death by her father; brothers, Bobby Dean, Herman Dean and Melvin Dean; one sister, Juanita Tapplar.
Dr. Lena M. Warrior leaves to cherish her memory: a loving and devoted husband, Apostle Dr. Arthur L. Warrior; loving children, Annetrica Warrior, Richelle Graves, Sylvia Parker and Arthur T. Warrior of Decatur; Angela Warrior of Jacksonville, FL, Ceddrick White of Athens, AL; grandchildren, Khiry King, Amori Mitchell of Decatur, AL, Desire’ Ayers of Montgomery, AL, Keven Fears of Valdosta, GA, Arthur Warrior and Ceddricka White of Decatur, Brooklyn Gaiter of Jacksonville, FL and Daniel Parker of Decatur; one great-grandson, Greyson Harris of Decatur; her mother, Ms. Ella Henning of Ripley, TN; six sisters, Ardes Peal of St. Louis, MO, Martha (the Rev. Edgar) Woodall of Anderson, IN, Pamela James of Ripley, TN, Vivian (Kirby) Wheeler and Doria Parker of Anderson, IN, Angela Bradford of Decatur; three brothers, Michael Bradford and Lonnie Tapplar, Jr. of Ripley, TN and Willie M. Tapplar of Detroit, MI; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.