Velma B. Whittington
Velma B. Whittington, 99, died at 7:40 p.m. on
Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999 at her home in Benton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on
Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Morton & Johnston
Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Oscar Shepherd
officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd
Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Friends may call from
5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, to the funeral home. For those
who wish Memorials may be made to the Church of the
Nazarene-Building Fund in Du Quoin. Envelopes will be
available at the funeral home.
Mrs. Whittington was born on Oct. 18, 1900, in Ina, the
daughter of Clement Lee and Mary (Taylor) Cockrum. On Oct.
18, 1919, she married Arthur B. Whittington. He died Feb. 4, 1972.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Nazarene
in Du Quoin.
Survivors include three sons, John Whittington and wife Earlene of
Mulkeytown, Noel Whittington and wife Irene of Whittington, Jerry
Whittington and wife Rosalie of Tamaroa; three daughters,
Mary Lou Bradley of Benton, Ila Gibbons of Winthrop Harbor,
Roberta Channell of Winthrop Harbor; two daughters-in-law,
Lorene Whittington of Holiday Island, Ark., Diane Whittington of
Elkville; one son-in-law, William Hill of Whittington; one sister,
Vangia Woodard and husband Carroll of Ewing; 31 grandchildren;
45 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Whittington was preceded in death by her parents, husband,
two sons, Kenneth and Charles Whittington; one daughter, Mildred Hill
and by one brother, Franklin Cockrum.
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman