Dr. Charles Benson Whitfield Jr.

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Dr. Charles Benson Whitfield, Jr. LUBBOCK-Dr. Charles Benson Whitfield, Jr., was born May 26, 1928, in Abbyville, Ga., to Charles Sr. and Sarah Lavender Whitfield. He departed this life on June 20, 2014, at the age of 86. A Memorial service was held June 25 in Dannel Funeral Chapel, Sherman. Charles was a dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law and educator. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1945, and received his BS, Master's and Doctorate degrees in Education from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. With many years in education he taught and served as elementary school principal in Lubbock Independent School District. He was assistant professor and served as director of the Laboratory School at Morehead State University in Kentucky and served as director of Elementary Education in Denison ISD for many years before retiring in 1995. He married Edie Lois Hamilton in the Tahoka First Baptist Church July 3, 1947. They were married just a few days shy of 67 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Charles E. Whitfield. Charles was a member of many professional organizations including Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Phi; he was a life member of TSTA, life member of NEA, and Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association (past president). Survivors include his beloved wife, Edie; his son, Dr. Larry Whitfield; daughter-in-law, Kate Whitfield; and three grandchildren: Charlie, Emma and Parker Whitfield; brother-in-law, Harold Hamilton of Greensboro, N.C.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bob and Vicky Tate; and sister-in-law, Joy Rainey, all of Lubbock, Texas; brother-in-law, Lawrence Andrus of Roswell, N.M.; and a host of nieces and nephews, including Jim Andrus, who spoke at the service. The Whitfield family would be honored by memorial donations to: Denison ISD, 1201 S. Rusk St., Denison, TX (75020); Texoma Medical Center, 5016 S. US Hwy 75, Denison, TX (75020); the Doris Hibbert Scholarship Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, 401 N. Elm, Sherman, TX (75090); or the Grayson County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Mrs. Dorothy Lee, Treasurer, 509 Stewart Ln., Sherman, TX (75092).

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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on July 6, 2014