Warren Vermouth Stearns, Jr.
1958 - 2006
"Realizing his dream"
Warren was born in New Jersey, he traveled a lot because his father
was in the Air Force. His favorite memories were of every summer
being sent to his "Grand daddy's" tobacco farm in Chapel
Hill, North Carolina to help out.
Warren graduated high school in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in
1976 and headed off to college to Chapel Hill and the Univeristy
of North Carolina to learn to become a cop. While there, he played
football with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and held
down a job as a security guard to put himself through school.
After graduation, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina and began
working as a police officer. Warren eventually became involved
in the Vice and Narcotics division as an undercover officer.
He was married in 1988, and had two daughters, Bailey Stearns
and Kasey Stearns. After a divorce in 1997, and having custody
of his children, Warren moved with his daughters back to Chapel
In 2000 Warren met Donna Greene, and wanting to be available for
his children, he decided to change jobs. She taught him to dispatch
18-wheelers hauling bulk transportation. Warren and Donna worked
with Atlantic Carriers out of Atlantic, Iowa for several years.
Warren was remarried in 2002 to Donna Greene. They moved to the
small town of Sophia, North Carolina where they became the Eastern
Division of Atlantic Carriers.
Warren loved Classic Rock and Country, Toby Keith in particular
Warren loved to help people, and donated his time to Snyder Farms
to help cater at places like the Victory Junction Gang Camp functions,
or the Randolph County Republican Party fundraisers.
Warren always had an interest in space. He wanted to be in the
Air Force and fly, but couldn't qualify because of his eyesight.
However, he had a pilot's license before he could drive. Any time
he would see a space shuttle on TV he would tell Donna that was
his dream ... to go up in space.
I decided to use the service, because shortly after Warren died,
I found an e-mail that he had sent to me that had the Space Services
Inc. site on it. I knew that was his way of telling me what he
wanted because I knew space was his dream.
I thought this was only fitting. Before Warren, I was married
to a controlling man. Warren set me free and taught ME how to
"fly".... HE encouraged me to be all I could be ...
so it is only fitting that now it is "Time for him to Fly."
Warren was a good man; he loved his life and he loved his family:
He said he had everything he wanted and was so very lucky to have
what he did. He made many friends in the transportation industry
and has been greatly missed.