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.

Date: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Submitted by:  Robert W. Loman

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