Tifton Gazette


January 13, 2014

Walter O. Whitehead

ASHBURN — Funeral services for Mr. Walter O. Whitehead, 83, of Ashburn will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ashburn First Baptist Church. Mr. Whitehead passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at Tift Regional Medical Center following an extended illness. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ashburn. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Perry Funeral Chapel in Ashburn.

The son of the late Mickey Forrest and Kathleen Rabun Whitehead, he was born in Wheeler County and had lived in Turner County since 1959. As a member of the Ashburn First Baptist Church, he was a member of The Gilbert Branch Sunday School class and a deacon. He was a retired farmer and USDA-ASCS District Director. He also served in the US Army. Mr. Walter enjoyed his quail hunting and farming. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Loretta C. Whitehead.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Bailey Whitehead; sons, Allen (Judy B.) Whitehead and Jerry (Judy M.) Whitehead, all of Ashburn; grandchildren, Allison (Stephan) Ray of Tifton, Rebecca Whitehead of Ashburn, Mary (Kenny) Purvis of Cordele and Walt Whitehead of Ashburn; great-grandchildren, Mason and Hunter Purvis of Cordele;  step-children, Thomas Edward (Hazel) Fields Jr. of Macon, Sharon Fields (Rick) Bestwick; step-grandchildren, Brittany Bestwick, Corey Bestwick all of Birmingham, Ala. and Tracy Fields Griffith of Atlanta.

Also surviving is his sister, Bonnell Riddle of Alamo. You may sign the online guest book and share your special condolences and memories with the family by visiting www.perryfuneralchapel.com. Perry Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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