Funeral services for Mr. Ray Whittington, 86, will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Donald Tyson officiating.
Interment with follow in Springhill Cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Visitation will be held today (Tuesday) from 6 until 8 p.m.
Mr. Whittington was born Feb. 16, 1926 in Bogalusa to Henry Burkhalter and Marjorie Maude Lang Whittington and passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Springhill.
He attended school in Bastrop and New Orleans. Mr. Whittington moved to Springhill in 1941 and began his work career at International Paper Company in 1943 as a painter's helper and then onto a finished painter and retired in 1979. He was a member of the Credit Committee for Carter Federal Credit Union and Loan Officer for CFCU in the 70's for about 10 years; a member of the Springhill Masonic Lodge #348, a 32nd degree Mason and Master of the Masonic Lodge #348 in 1969; AFL/CIO International Union Maintenance Local #397 Union President from 1969-1979; member of the Civil Air Patrol, 1st Lt. Operations Officer for 20 years, helped organize the Springhill Fire Dept. in the late 40's, also was Assistant Fire Chief at one time and helped organize the Rescue Squad and from 1981-1988 worked at Dobson's Texaco Bulk Plant in Springhill, then retiring to spend his golden years with his loving wife. Mr. Whittington was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his two daughters, Marjorie "Margie" Whittington Watts of Springhill and Kathleen Whittington Mitchell and husband, David of Atlanta, Texas; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; other family and friends.
Mr. Whittington was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Opal Hicks Whittington; son, Ronald Ray "Butch" Whittington, Sr.; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Crow Whittington; granddaughter, Jimie Dale Mitchell; brothers, H.B. "Rocky" Whittington, Wyman B. Whittington and sister, Norma Whittington Walsworth.
Masons will serve as pallbearers.
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