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Willie James "Bill" Whitney Sr., 98, died at home on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to funeral time Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Baker. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment with military honors will be at Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge.
He is survived by eight children, Marlene Whitney Rugg, Alicia Whitney Brumfield, Jeanne Whitney Christensen, Willie J. "Bill" Whitney Jr., Newell K Whitney, Cina Whitney Guy, Richard A. Whitney and Delia Whitney Rotolo; three siblings, Pearl Whitney Gros of Labadieville, and Mae Whitney Soudlier and Daniel G. Whitney, both of Houma; and 35 grandchildren and 73 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite "Greet" Kolb Whitney; four siblings, Sewele J. Whitney, Rita Whitney Malbrough, Robert A. Whitney and Fay Paul Whitney; and two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
Born to Robert Joseph Whitney and Emilene Alcina Rhodes in Houma, Terrebonne Parish, in 1913, he was a 60 year resident of Central, La. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 19th Combat Engineer Regiment. A master builder, he was a member of Local Carpenter's Union 1098.
Baker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2011