Ellen Lucille Whitaker
BAY - Mrs. Ellen Lucille Whitaker, 85, of Bay, Ark. died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the family residence. She was born in Newark, Ark., and had lived in Bay for the past nine years and was formerly of Texas. Mrs. Whitaker was retired from St. Bernards Medical Center and was of the Church of Christ faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Isiac "Garvin" Whitaker in 1998; one son, Lavaughn Rusher; one sister; two brothers, and her parents, the late Bertie and Mandy Jane Thorp Walters.
She is survived by five daughters, Gayle Simpson and Sharon Whitaker both of Bay, Ark., Shirley Long of Jonesboro, Ark., Donna Allen of Muskogee, Okla., and Pam Johnson of Savannah, Tenn.; six sons, Rondal Rusher of Waterford, Mich., Bobby Rusher and Freddie Rusher, both of Jonesboro, Johnny Conn of Walls, Miss., Kenny Whitaker of Bay and Ricky Whitaker of Trumann, Ark.; three sisters, Dorothy Carlton of Greenwood, Ark., Annie Anderson of Searcy, Ark. and Nellie Money of Pine Bluff, Ark.; one brother, Ray Walters of Murfreesboro, Ark; 38 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann, with Rev. Bill Money officiating. Burial followed in Bolivar Cemetery near Harrisburg, Ark.
Pallbearers were Lonnie Whitaker, Donnie Whitaker, Terry Simpson, Mark Rusher, Freddie Rusher, Jr. and Lisa Rusher Gaynor. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Bowlin, D.J. Wicker, Wayne Wicker, Johnathan Holly and Jerry Speakman.
An online guest book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.