A celebration of life service for Timothy Ray Whitmore, 67, were held Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville. The Rev. James Holiday officiated and the eulogy was given by the Rev. Marvin E. Cooper. Mr. Whitmore was laid to rest in the Culton Cemetery in Leona.
Pallbearers were Cedrick Brice, Robert Wynn, Eddie Jones, Jr., J.W. Mitchell, Joe Brooks and Finner Mitchell.
Honorary pallbearers were L.D. (Chuck) Mayes, Quentin Mayes, Damien Anderson, Desmond Mays, Spencer Mayes, Douglas Houston, George Coleman, Darryl Robinson, Elton Harrell, Jr., Taurean Smith, Eddie Jones, Sr., Quinshawn Mayes, Reginald Robinson, Mario Cornish, Anthony Coleman, James “Duke” Washington, Izaha Jones and Nigel Reyes.
Timothy Ray Whitmore was the son of Timothy Whitmore and the late Evelena Mayes Jones. He was better known as “Bozo” to his family and friends. He was born in Wellington. He later moved to Normangee.
He graduated from Normangee High School in 1969. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1971 and was honorably discharged. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Rifle Marksman Badge. He returned to Normangee, where he resided until 2014.
From April 29, 2016, to March 16, 2018, Timothy lived in the Doris Miller Hospice Department of the Waco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he lost the battle with lung cancer. Timothy was preceded in death by his mother, Evelena Mayes Jones; his stepfather, Sam Jones Jr.; grandmother, Minnie Bell Drewey; step-grandfather, Harvey Drewey; grandfather, Jack Coleman; aunts, Pauletta Fanner and Janie Pearl Payton and uncles, George, Richard, Bennie, James, Jr., Michael; and brother Billy.
He leaves to cherish his memories: siblings, Helen (Gene), Beverly, L.D. Jr., “Chuck” (Anita), Brenda, Sheron, Quentin, Betty, Cleothra (Loretta), Yolanda and Eddie, Sr. (Carolyn); aunts, Inez, Wytena, Jackie, Deborah (Charlie) and Valerie; uncles, Troy, Reginald, Alfonso and Alfransha; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas was entrusted with arrangements. www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.