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Ralph Whitener

SHREVEPORT, LA - Ralph "Red" Whitener of Shreveport, 92, passed away September 29, 2011 in Bossier City, LA following a long illness. Visitation will be held Sunday at Osborn Funeral Home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Private graveside services will be held Monday at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery. Officiating will be Dr. Larry Williams of Broadmoor Baptist Church.

Mr. Whitener was born September 28, 1919 in Elizabeth, LA, the son of the late Samuel S. and Harriet Rebecca Brewton "Bitsy" Whitener. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp. veteran and served as a technical sergeant in the 423rd Bomb Squadron in England during World War II. He then graduated from Northwestern State College of Louisiana (now NSU) in Natchitoches, LA in 1946. Following college, he moved to Shreveport where he was employed in finance, insurance and sales until his retirement. He was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church for over 60 years, and was an avid sports fan devoted to the LSU Tigers & Dallas Cowboys. Mr. Whitener was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Samuel S. Whitener, Jr.; three sisters, Hazel Dacus, Helen Downs and Laverne Haynesworth; and his former wife, Mrs. Barbara Chatwin Whitener. He is survived by his three sons and their wives: Gary Whitener and Gail, David Whitener and Carol, all of Shreveport, and Bryan Whitener, of Washington, DC; five grandchildren and spouses: Sara Gail Whitener, Mark Allen Whitener (& Mary), Kylie Reeves (& Andy), Katie Boyd (& Steve) and Kim Sarotte (& Todd); five great grandchildren: Drew Reeves, Alden Ann Reeves, Mason Roark, Maggie Boyd and Molly Sarotte; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home for the special care they have provided.

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Published in Shreveport Times on Oct. 1, 2011
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