Warren E. Logan, Jr. transitioned to his heavenly home on Saturday morning, January 23, 2021. He was the only son born to the union of Warren E., Sr. and Margaree Ware Logan on August 20, 1947.
Prior to his passing, for more than 25 years, Warren diligently served as president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga (ULGC), an affiliate of the National Urban League (NUL).
Prior to retirement, Warren envisioned and launched ULGC’s flagship Inclusion by Design Executive Leadership Program (IBD) to create a pipeline of diverse leaders who are prepared for executive level positions. Since inception in 2017, 50% of the IBD participants have been promoted to advanced leadership roles.
Warren also served as Chair of the Tennessee Urban League Affiliates (TULA), a statewide collaborative of National Urban League affiliates in Tennessee. He also served for two years as President of the National Urban League Association of Executives (AOE), and as a member of the National Urban League Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. He was the lead delegate to a national African-American Leadership Delegation to Beijing, China in 2012, a relationship-building and collaboration visit established by the NUL-led Trade and Cultural Mission to China.
Prior to joining the Urban League, Warren served in various management and leadership positions with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Division of Power. For several years, he served as Executive Director of the Office of Minority Business Enterprise, Statement Business Development Centers. He completed the Duke University Center for Executive Leadership, as well as a host of leadership development and continuing education training. Warren is a graduate of Tennessee State University and the Joseph Business School.
Warren’s community service activities during his career included Board Chair, Electric Power Board; Advisory Board Member, Truist (SunTrust) Bank (Chattanooga); Member of Tennessee Workforce Development Board, Bright Bridge Board of Directors/River Gorge Capital Board (NMTC) and Memorial Health Care System Board of Directors.
During a recent virtual Retirement Tribute in celebration of the organization’s Annual Equal Opportunity Day Celebration, Warren was remembered as a true community advocate and highly respected “leader among leaders,” a true testament to the vision he had for the position he loved and was personally compelled to fulfill.
Warren loved the Lord which was evident in all that he did. He arose early morning for daily meditation with God, prayed earnestly for others and had Bible Study with Urban League staff from time-to-time. He was an actively involved member of Olivet Baptist Church where he served as a member of the Church Council and was greatly loved by members of his adult Sunday school class which he taught until his health began to fail.
He was a friend to everyone and offered himself in any capacity he could; always the perfectionist in everything he undertook. He was a wonderful husband, incredible father, doting grandfather (affectionately called “Poppy”), attentive brother and loyal friend. In the words of one of his faithful friends, “Warren was a highly effective advocate, a powerful force for equity, a respected community leader, a skilled manager, a trusted facilitator, the Dean of Tennessee’s Urban Leagues and someone with influence well beyond Chattanooga.” He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved and knew him.
He was predeceased by his parents, Warren E., Sr. and Margaree Ware Logan; and great nephew, Christopher Thomas Bell.
Warren’s memory will forever be cherished by his loving wife of 49 years, Linda Kilgore Logan; daughters, Stephanie L. (Dennis, Jr.) Tate and Kellie M. Logan (Danny Smith); grandson, Dennis Tate, III; sisters, Yolanda L. (Eddie) King and Andrea L. McCrary; nieces, Angela (Thomas) Malone, Pamela Bell (Norman McKeldin), Danielle K. McGoy, Leslie O’Neal all of Chattanooga, and Melvelyn Baker, Nashville, TN; nephews, Tommy (Dethrice) Bell, Nashville, TN, Irvin Overton, Jr., Ronald (DeShanna G.) O’Neal, Jr., Chattanooga, Jahmal Overton, Atlanta, GA, Corland (Alison) Baker, Tyrone, GA; aunt, Barbara Robinson, Compton, CA; sisters-in-law, Joyce K. (Irvin, Sr.) Overton and Carol K. (Ronald, Sr.) O’Neal, Chattanooga; devoted friends, Lamar Partridge, Rayburn Traughber, Glenn Chambers, Lew and Sherrie Goss, Chattanooga, Warner Hayes, Atlanta, GA; great nieces/nephews, other relatives and friends. Sincere thanks to Avalon Hospice-Chattanooga, Phileo Home Care and Greg Cruz for their proficient service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial Warren E. Logan, Jr. Legacy Endowment Fund has been established. To contribute online please follow the link: https://cfgc.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_d=1957
or make checks payable to: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. For (memo line): ULGC Warren E. Logan, Jr. Legacy Endowment Fund. Mail to: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, c/o ULGC Warren E. Logan, Jr. Legacy Endowment Fund, 1400 Williams Street, Chattanooga TN 37408.