Funeral services for J.W. Whitfield are Saturday

Services for John Wesley “J.W.”  Whitfield, 90, of Whigham, GA, are at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Cairo. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Cairo, with military honors.  Dr. Ron McCaskill and Dr. Joe Allen will officiate.  Mr. Whitfield passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at his home.    
Active pallbearers will be his nephews.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Cairo and members of J. W. and Adele’s Sunday School Class, Wyman Richter and David Stallings.   
Mr. Whitfield was born December 21, 1919, in Reno, GA, to the late Edward James Whitfield and Addie Bell Bryant Whitfield.  He served his country in France and Germany in combat and was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge.  On September 2, 1940, he was married to Adele Chason Whitfield, who survives.  He was self-employed as a farmer.  He was a member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Cairo.  
Survivors include:  wife, Adele C. Whitfield of Whigham, GA; sons and daughters-in-law, Wesley C. and Sally Whitfield of Cairo, GA, Roger R. and Judy Whitfield of Lynchburg, VA, Ronald J. and Sue Whitfield of Cairo, GA, Dwight B. Whitfield of Whigham, GA; daughter, Sharon Whitfield of Whigham, GA; grandchildren, Carol and Ron Dixon of Thomasville, GA, Maj. Marcus and Deana Whitfield of Hawaii (Marcus is serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq), Leisel Luman of Fort Myers, FL, Bryan Whitfield of Thomasville, GA, Natalia and Allen Cooper of Cairo, GA, Andrea and Bernie Gandy of Tallahassee, FL, John Whitfield of Whigham, GA, Heather Whitfield of St. George Island, FL, Shannan and Justin Harris of Atlanta, GA; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Norton of Waynesboro, MS; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gillun C. Davis, Sr. of Arcadia, FL, Willard H. and Carolyn Chason of Cairo, GA, and Wilsie Kostedt of Macon, GA.     
Mr. Whitfield was preceded in death by: his parents, Edward James Whitfield and Addie Bell Bryant Whitfield; sister, Lillie Whitfield Davis; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Mills Whitfield.    
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2010, at the funeral home.

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