Bernie Leroy Whitaker

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bernie Leroy Whitaker, 94, of Rector died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Mr. Whitaker was born in Rector on Aug. 4, 1916, to Norman and Calva Whitaker.

He was a farmer and a World War II veteran and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rector.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eva Whitaker; a brother, Irvin Whitaker, and four sisters, Mary and Iva Vangilder, Faye Whitaker and Nell Jenkins.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, two brothers- in-law and one sister-in-law.

Visitation was from 6 until 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Mitchell Funeral Home of Rector. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel of Rector with Bro. James H. Dortch, Mace Straubel and Marston Carpenter officiating. Burial followed in the Woodland Heights Cemetery of Rector.

Pallbearers were Dale Vangilder, Phillip Whitaker, Kenny Vangilder, Ron McCreless, Kelly Gramling and Eric Clayton.