INDIAN TRAIL Mr. Alton G. "Chip" Warren Jr., 69, of Indian Trail, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, surrounded by his family at the Harris Hospice Unit, Novant Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte. Chip was born in Concord, July 18, 1947, the only child of A.G. Warren Sr. and Merilyn Clontz Warren. A graduate of Concord High School, he engaged in various occupations before signing on with NASCAR in 1978. Chip worked his way through the stock car racing organization in several positions, his most visible job being on the stand as the chief starter/flagman in the late 70s and early 80s. He put almost 50 years into the race business, but it was the close friendships that he made with everyone involved in racing that gave him such satisfaction in his career. He was quoted a few years ago as saying "It's like a family. I like a good race and the fact that we put 43 equal cars out there, but the people are what draw you back. That's the gratifying part." Survivors include his loving wife, Margie Warren; son, Alton Shawn Warren of Cornelius; daughter, Andrea Michelle "Missy" Warren of Huntersville; and his special canine companion, Minnie. The family will greet Chip's racing friends and family on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord. A memorial service will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel officiated by NASCAR Chaplain Kenny Crosswire. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Chip's memory are asked to consider St. Jude Children's Research by visiting www.stjude.org. Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Warren family. Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com.
Warren Jr., Alton "Chip"