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Professional Basketball Player, Ministry Founder Bob Warren Remembered as Generous Man


A Western Kentucky native who played professional basketball before becoming a faith leader died Monday.

Bob Warren was born in Murray in 1946. He played basketball for Vanderbilt University from 1965-1968 and was drafted by both the American and National Basketball Associations. Warren opted to play for the ABA, where he spent eight years from 1968-1976, in an era of greats such as George “Iceman” Gervin and Julius “Dr. J” Ervin.

After retiring from basketball, Warren settled in Hardin, Kentucky to resume farming when he found inspiration to share his faith with college students. Those Bible studies grew to a six building retreat center called “the Hill,” that hosts faith based groups and creates programming of its own.

Hill Administrator Brent Armstrong remembers Warren’s kindness.

"He was the most generous person you’ll ever meet,” Armstrong said. “He talked about his basketball experiences, but used them most as a testimony.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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