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Warren Thomas Kulo

September 15, 1963 — June 10, 2024

D'Iberville

Warren Thomas Kulo passed away peacefully but unexpectedly in his sleep Monday, June 10, 2024, at his home in D'Iberville. He was 60.

Warren was best known for his 30-plus years in the print news industry, as well as his love of what he considered his hometown - Ocean Springs, of all things sports - particularly the OS Greyhounds, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Dodgers, and of - beyond all else - his family and friends.

He was born September 15, 1963, in Richmond, VA, and later relocated with his adoptive parents, Thomas and Thelma Kulo, to Los Angeles, CA. There he became a lifelong fan of the Dodgers and Disneyland. From there, the family followed Thomas' work in shipbuilding to the Mississippi Coast, where Warren went about building a life on the foundation of community, supported by the teamwork of sports, and guided by his deep desire to help those in need and expose that which was wrong.

Prior to graduating from Ocean Springs High School in 1981, Warren was an active member of the Greyhound athletics program. Even after he aged out of being an active participant, he never ceased to be a dedicated Greyhound advocate.

Warren attended Mississippi College on a football scholarship before transferring to Mississippi State University to complete his higher education. He took his journalistic acumen to stops at the Columbus (Miss.) Commercial Dispatch, Starkville Daily News, Ocean Springs Record and The Mississippi Press. When the digital model fully overtook the print news world, Warren continued on as a part of AL.COM.

He won more than 70 awards for writing/editing during his career, covering everything from sports to breaking news to features to column writing and photography. In 2015, he was honored with the Warren Williams Award, presented annually by the American Psychiatric Association to someone in the U.S. who has furthered the cause of fighting against discrimination toward the mentally ill. He won the award on the basis of three years coverage of attempts by the Ocean Springs (Miss.) Board of Aldermen to prevent a mental health clinic from opening in the city. His reporting helped lead to the Department of Justice finding the city had violated the ADA and discriminated against the mentally ill in denying a permit to the mental health clinic to operate.

Warren married Angela Price in February 1991. Together they brought three children to the world. Although they later separated, they never ceased to be good friends and the best parents they together could be for their children.

In November 2018, Warren married Dawn Cripps. That marriage led him to relocate slightly outside Jackson County on the far east side of D'Iberville, but his life continued to be centered in Ocean Springs.

While balancing an active career in journalism and a committed presence and influence in his children's lives, Warren also served for many years as half the two-man team that was the voice of Greyhounds football on radio. He also had a large role in the creation of the Ocean Springs Sports Hall of Fame, as well as countless contributions to youth sports and various community pursuits.

Perhaps Warren can best be described as fearless opponent or formidable advocate. He never compromised his sense of right and wrong. While he was often open in his beliefs, he strove to be unbiased as a journalist. He loved life and did his best to live it to the fullest, but he never quit doing what he could to help others enjoy it as much as he did.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Thelma Kulo.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn Kulo of D'Iberville; his longtime partner in parenting, Angela Price Kulo; three children and four stepchildren, two sons, Wyatt Kulo of Ocean Springs, and Cody Kulo of Starkville; a daughter, Sydney Kulo of Birmingham, AL; a stepdaughter, Dixie Cripps of D'Iberville; three stepsons, Nathaniel Cripps of Flushing, MI, Patrick Cripps of Biloxi, and Robert Cripps of Athens, GA; five half  siblings, Melissa Mace of Spencer, WV, Jodi Hepler of Macedonia, OH, Holly Dotson of Boonville, IN, Tony Stubbly of Eastchurch Kent, Isle of Sheppey, England, and Harry Knopp of Ripley, WV; and three beloved four-legged dependents, Bailey, Trinket, and Miss Kitty.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home on Porter Avenue in Ocean Springs. Visitation will precede the service from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Warren Thomas Kulo.


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Monday, June 17, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home - Ocean Springs

911 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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Memorial Service

Monday, June 17, 2024

7:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home - Ocean Springs

911 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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