Thelma Luvenia “Lu” Whitsett, 95, most recently of Dallas, passed away peacefully, attended by family on the afternoon of Aug. 25, 2016.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood.
Lu was born to Paul Andrew and Susan Amanda Hale in Alex, Okla. on April 6, 1921. The family later moved to Chickasha, Okla. where she graduated from high school.
Lu noticed the handsome produce man at the local Safeway store and married Ben Whitsett (after a long engagement of six weeks) on June 2, 1940. They were married 70 years.
In 1941, Ben went to work for Haliburton as a well logger. Their annual moves over the next several years made her job as a homemaker quite challenging. During the Haliburton years they lived in Huntsville (where oldest son Dwight was born in 1942), Houston, Crocket, LaGrange, Colulla, Lafayette, La. and Bakersfield, Calif. Number two son, Paul (deceased) was born back in Chickasha in 1945 between moves.
Upon resigning from Haliburton, Ben and Lu moved to Davis, Okla. and opened a radio repair shop. In 1951, Ben got a job with Stanolind Oil (later Amoco, later BP) and moved to Odessa where number three son, Kevin, was born in 1955. They lived in Odessa for the next 29 years.
Upon retirement they moved to Brownwood where they lived for more than 20 years before health issues required Ben and Lu to move to Abilene. After Ben’s passing, Lu was moved to Dallas.
Lu was actively involved in church all her life. She taught Bible classes for many years and also was active with the World Bible School program. In Brownwood she attended Austin Ave. Church of Christ and most recently Fourth and Stewart Church of Christ where she attended for many years. She enjoyed a number of hobbies including gardening, painting, playing the organ, quilting and sewing.
Lu is survived by sister, Pauline Hubbard; son, Dwight and wife Brenda; son, Kevin and wife Debbie; grandchildren, Amy Hopkins, Tim, Justin, Nathan and Paul Whitsett; great-grandchildren, Heather Kelley, Graeme Hopkins and Addy Hopkins, Mira, Ian, Sophia, Gray, Liam and Leo Whitsett; nieces, Kristina Hale and Linda Glenn; and nephews, Donald Moore, Andrew, Glen and Kim Hale, Ronald and Kenneth Nippert.
Lu was preceded in death by husband, Ben; son, Paul; sisters, Margaret Alexander and Laverne Nippert; and brother, Donald Hale.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made to Cherokee Children’s Home in Cherokee.