Ross Thomas Whittington

Ross Thomas Whittington N. CHARLESTON - Ross Thomas Whittington entered eternal peace on June 24, 2013 at MUSC surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church on Friday, June 28, 2013, 7 p.m. Visitation will be at Carolina Memorial Park on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. A small service will follow with interment afterward. Ross was born on October 18, 1930 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to Wesley and Maybell Whittington. He married the love of his life, Miss Viola Rabidue, on April 14, 1951. He was serving in The United States Air Force when they met and Viola promised she would wait for him. Together they raised two lovely daughters. He was an amazing father and role model for every child in his home. Ross and Vi loved their children and their children's friends with great care and generosity. He was known for giving good counsel to young people starting out and facing life's challenges. Quite simply, he was one of the finest men God has made. Ross Whittington served his country with a great pride that was second only to his wife and daughters. He had a long military career, serving in The United States Air Force, during which he was a Flight Simulator Instructor for several years and flew multiple missions in and out of various countries. He also flew in and out of Vietnam for which he received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. He retired from The Charleston Air Force Base as a Master Sergeant and Flight Engineer. Ross Whittington was active in his community and an honored member of the AFM Mason of Strict Observance, member of the Scottish Rite Masons, member of the Omar Shrine Temple and also a member of The Royal Order of Jesters. He was Post Commander of the John L. Weeks Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3142 and an All-State Commander. Mr. Whittington was also elected as a member of The Washington Light Infantry and was a proud member up until the time of his death. He was an active member of The Exchange Club of Charleston and he looked forward every year to serving at the Communications Booth during the Coastal Carolina Fair. Mr. Whittington purchased Charleston Chemical Company in 1970 and was one of the founders of the Carolina Sanitary Supply Association, served as its president from 1981-1983. He was honored as a Life Member in 1996. Surviving are his wife, Viola Whittington, daughters Elena Knighton (Roy) and Ruth C. Mathias, both of North Charleston, grandchildren Christopher Knighton, Catherine Mathias, Lindsey Mathias, his sister, Mary Evelyn "Sweet Pea" Whittington Tackett of Greenville, MS. Deceased family members include his two brothers, Wesley J. Whittington of McCool, MS and James W. Whittington of McCool, MS, and his son-in-law, Bob Mathias. Flowers are accepted, or contributions should be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 6650 Dorchester Road, North Charleston SC, 29418 or The North Charleston Veterans' Fund, Attn: Executive Department, P,O, Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419. Visit our guestbook at charleston

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 27, 2013