Rheba Whisenhunt

Rheba WHISENHUNT, 91, of Mt. Vernon died 11:15 p.m. May 11, 1997, a her 
home. Mrs. WHISENHUNT was born Aug. 15, 1905, in Moores Prairie Township, 
Jefferson County, a daughter of Harden L. and Mary (Mollie) JONES PETTYPOOL. 
Dec. 5, 1926, in Jefferson County, she married Charlie E. WHISENHUNT, who 
died June 5, 1986. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hams Grove 
Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Merle FULLERTON and the Rev. Donald 
WILLIAMSON officiating. Burial will be in Hams Grove Cemetery, Belle Rive. 
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnston Funeral Home.

Mrs. WHISENHUNT is survived by one son, Lester WHISENHUNT and wife Mona of 
Monroe, Ga.; four daughters, Mary Ellen JOHNSON and husband Charles of Mt. 
Vernon, Edna DENHAM and husband Vernon of Minooka, Charlene WILLIAMSON and 
husband Charles of Trenton and Sue WOLF and husband John of Bonnie; 22 
grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and 
two grandchildren, Maurice WHISENHUNT of Bonnie and Claudia DONI of 
Columbia, S.C., who were reared in the home.

She was a member of Hams Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She taught Sunday 
School at Hams Grove for many years, and she also served as clerk and 
treasurer and church pianist. Mrs. WHISENHUNT was preceded in death by her 
parents, husband; one son, Melvin WHISENHUNT; and her stepmother, Ella 
FOWLER PETTYPOOL. For those who wish memorials may be made to the Carmi 
Baptist Childrens' Home and will be accepted at the funeral home at any 

Date: Tues 13 May 1997
Source: The Register-News, Mt. Vernon, IL
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

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