LIEUTENANT WHITFIELD, age 85, of Boyd, Alabama, was born in Porterville, Mississippi to the late Crowley and Anna Whitfield February 24, 1925. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the Okinawa invasion in the US Navy. He was united in holy matrimony to Julia Maxwell on August 3, 1946. He later in life pursued his dream and furthered his education in theological studies. During his 52 years in the ministry, he pastored five churches and served as Moderator for many years at the Succarnoochee River Primitive Baptist Association.
He was a soldier on the battlefield for Christ until he was called home, September 14, 2010 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from Old Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, Hwy, 12, Boyd. Rev. Edmond Bell will deliver the eulogy; Rev. Lieutenant Whitfield, pastor. Interment follows with Military Detail in Old Mt. Olive Cemetery. Pastor Whitfield will lie in repose ninety minutes prior to funeral time. Visitation for family and friends is scheduled September 20, 2010 from 3-6:00 p. m. at the Weatherly Chapel.
Those left to cherish precious memories are: a loving, devoted wife of 64 years, Julia Maxwell Whitfield; eight children - Milton (Della) of Boyd, Ala., Loretta (Joseph) Danner, Livingston, Ala., Lucretia (Cleophus) Childress, and Lena, both of Columbus, Ga., Alphonso and Mamie of Boyd, Ala., Marvin (Carolyn) Whitfield of Atlanta, Ga., and Essie (Willie, deceased) Ponius of Detroit, Mich; nineteen (19) grandchildren; thirteen (13) great grandchildren. He is survived by two brothers, Guy Whitfield of Dayton, Ohio and Brown (Juanita) Whitfield of Bessemer, Ala; two sisters, Mellie Sledge and Madie Prude of Boyd, Ala; two brothers-in-law, Willie Maxwell, Panola, Ala., and Cliff (Veodis) Maxwell of Saginaw, Mich. Preceding him in death are three sisters and three brothers; Ella Williams, Mary Brown, Pearlie Whitfield, William, Charlie and James Whitfield. Elder Whitfield also leaves a host of special nieces, nephews and friends whom he loved dearly.
He believed in his favorite saying, "thus said the Lord" and lived his life by this. He saved and touched so many people's lives. He will always be remembered for his dedication to the Lord as well as his enthusiasm and determination toward saving lost souls.
WEATHERLY FUNERAL HOME, York, Alabama, "caring professionals since 1942" entrusted with all funeral and burial service details.