TALLAHASSEE - Mrs. Esther Louise Whidden Watson, age 92, passed away at the Big Bend Hospice House in Tallahassee, FL, on March 20, 2010, four days shy of her 93rd birthday. Esther, the oldest of four daughters was born to Thomas Daniel and Ida S. Albritton Whidden in Bartow, FL, on March 24, 1919.
She met and married a young golf professional, Jesse. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and Esther followed him to several bases prior to his being deployed during WWII to the European theater in Italy. Upon his return to the states, she moved with him and his career as a golf club pro to Winter Haven, Lake Wales, and Madison, FL. After Jesse's death, she returned to Bartow to care for her mother and be near her family.Esther became an accomplished golfer winning many trophies over the years. She enjoyed golf, playing bridge, gin rummy, and nickel knock, serving at the Madison and Bartow Hospitals and an active "Pink Lady," and collecting cherub and angel figurines. She was a believer and was of the Baptist faith. She was charming and likable people person which endeared her to many.
Esther was born into a strong close knit Florida "cracker" family, she placed family and friends high on her list of priorities. They all will miss her bright clear blue eyes, vivacious personality, charming smile, and laugh. She would tell us to rejoice, remember the food times and have a party.
She was predeceased by her husband Jesse W. Watson; son, Jerry Watson; and her sisters Laverne Speight, Sue Crooks, and Gracie Freeland.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jessie W. Watson, Jr. "Jay" and Rosemary; grandsons, Michael T. and his wife Kelly A. Watson, and Kevin J. Watson; daughter-in-law Sandra P. Watson "Sandy" of South Carolina; god daughter and niece Pamela Speight Westberry of Bartow and numerous other nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Shah for her attentiveness to Esther while she was in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Dr. Dorn, the nurses and staff at the Big Bend Hospice House for the care and comfort that they provided Esther.
Services and interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, FL, on Friday, March 23, 2012. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home in Tallahassee and Whidden Funeral Home in Bartow.
|Alton Eustis Whidden - 77 - born:August 8, 1929- died: in Winter Haven on Oct.27, 2006.( Lakeland Ledger Oct.28, 2006) -Lifelong resident of Winter Haven. He was a retired accountant, a member of Village Church of God in Winter Haven where he was also the Church Clerk for 47 years. He was also the Vice President and Comptroller for Rheinour's Dress Shop in Winter Haven. Mr. Whidden is a U.S.Army Veteran serving in the Korean War, He recieved the Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal. He is survived by his wife Frances; one daughter; 3 sons; a brother Robert and a sister Ruby ; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Visitation Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006 at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home. Services at Village Church of God, Winter Haven.|
Elizabeth H. WHIDDEN "Beth" - 95 - Bartow Bargain
HOMELAND - Elizabeth of Homeland, a native of Fort Meade, died of old age, Thursday, March 10, 2005 at Good Shephard Hospice Residential Center in Auburndale. Elizabeth was born in Ft. Meade on April 19, 1909, she was a lifelong resident of Homeland, a bookkeeper for Bartow Bargain House. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Homeland, where she was the organist for many years.
Mrs. Whidden is survived by her husband, Walter "Grady" WHIDDEN.
Visitation was held Sunday at the Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St., Bartow.
Services followed at the funerl home chapel. ( The Ledger, Saturday, March 12, 2005 )
- 97 - Carpenter
HOMELAND - Mr. Walter "Grady" Whidden of Homeland died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at the Good Shephard Hospice in Auburndale. Walter was born June 28, 1908, he lived in Homeland his entire life. Walter worked as a carpenter . He served in the Army Air Corps and fought in WWII. He was a Methodist.
Mr. Whidden was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth H. WHIDDEN ( see above obit ) .
He is survved by his nephew, Hugh WAYCHOFF, Winter Haven, and a niece, Hellen LITTON, Winter Haven..
Visitation was Friday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home. ( The Ledger, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 )
Ressie was a life-long resident of Hardee, County, died Friday, July 16, 2004 in Avon Park, Fla. She was a secretary for the Collier County Sheriffs Office in Immokalee, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Wauchula.
She is survived by three sons, Layne Whidden and wife Margie of Stanford, Ky., Lance "Bubby" Whidden and wife Trudy of Clermont, Fla., and Stephen "Steve" Whidden and wife Peggy Ann of LaBelle, Fla.; two brothers, Dunning Terrell and wife Nita of Wauchula, and Steve Terrell and wife Melba of Tampa; six grandchildren, 13 great- grandchildren, one great- great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at First Baptist Church of Wauchula. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in Wauchula Cemetery. Arrangements by: Robarts Family Funeral Home Wauchula, 863-773-9773
Tampa Tribune,, July 18, 2004
Brandon, Fla., Ernestine passed away September 21, 2009, in Zephyrhills, Fla., at Zephyrhills Health and Rehab Center. She was born July 28, 1917, in Fountain, Fla., to Ernest and Edna (Nolan) Laird. Mrs Whidden was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith. Her family was her life.
"Our sweet mother," is survived by three daughters, Sonja Krause of Zephyrhills, Helen Whidden of Plant City, Fla., and Gloria Whidden of Fanning Springs, Fla.; two sons, Mayo Whidden of Fanning Springs, and Frank Whidden of Haines City, Fla.; 21 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2009, at Whitfield Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Limona Cemetery in Brandon, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2009, Tampa Tribune )
Lena Ann Whidden ofTampa, Florida, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 27, 2012.
She was survived by her husband, Edward Whidden; her son, Edward "Butch" Whidden; her daughters, Cathy Wentzel (Terry), Suzy Ficca (Larry), and Barbara Whidden (Dave), Cindi Clayton (Eddie); her sisters, Mary Nell Tyler, Irene Burkett, Linda Gould; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday July 31st. Celebration of Life Service will be at Palma Ceia Baptist Church 3511 West Bay to Bay Blvd,
Tampa. For full obituary and sign guest Registry please go to www.brewerfuneral.com. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, South Tampa 813-835-4991.
(Tampa Tribune, July 29, 2012 )
E.G. Whidden of Lake Placid, Fla., formerly of Naples, Fla., died Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Mr. Whidden retired as Chief Deputy of the Collier County Sheriff's Department after 32.59 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean Conflict. He was a devoted family man and an avid outdoorsman.
Mr. Whidden is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, June T. Whidden; and was the devoted father of Lana Withers (Roger), Sandy Van Horn (Robert) and Lauri Purslow. Mr. Whidden is also survived by his brother, Wilson R. Whidden (Joyce); six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, James Purslow. The family will recieve friends Monday, November 14, 2011, at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens, 525 111th Avenue North, Naples, FL 34108; with a service immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Inc., P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, FL 32064.