Henry L. Warren Jr., 74, MTA light rail operator

March 08, 2003

Henry L. Warren Jr., 74, MTA light rail operator

Henry L. Warren Jr., who retired as a Mass Transit Administration light rail operator, died Monday of heart failure at his daughter's Elkridge home. The former West Baltimore resident was 74.

Born in Anstead, W. Va., he was a 1947 graduate of Halifax Training School in Halifax, Va. After working a coal miner, he served in the Army from 1951 to 1953.

Mr. Warren moved to Baltimore in 1953 to study at what is now Morgan State University. He left school two years later and worked briefly at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant before joining the old Baltimore Transit Company in 1956. A bus driver, he worked out of the Kirk Avenue depot for many years. Family members said he was among an initial group trained to operate the light rail vehicles that made their debut in 1992.

"He felt his selection was an honor," said his daughter, Debra Naranjo of Elkridge. "He loved operating the new trains."

Mr. Warren retired in 1995.

He memorized family history and could recite long lists of descendants.

His 1954 marriage to the former Lucy Marie Barksdale ended in divorce.

Services will begin with a 5:30 p.m. wake Tuesday at Wayland Baptist Church, 3200 Garrison Boulevard, where he was a member.

Survivors include three other daughters, Shirley Barksdale of Martinsville, Va., and Anita Lin and Annetta Warren, both of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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