June Alice Kirby Whitten


June Alice Kirby Whitten, 95, of Kilgore passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Treviso Transitional Care in Longview after a brief illness.

June was born on June 4, 1921 in Hope, Ark., to parents Otis Kirby and Mary M. Bennett. The family settled in the Mount Vernon area of East Texas, where she attended school. She was working at Curve Court Cafe in Mount Vernon where she met the love of her life, Roy Atwell Whitten, a dashing and handsome Navy man. They married August 16, 1943, they had four children, two boys and two girls. They were married 53 years.

June loved being a mother and homemaker. She especially enjoyed having her children and grandchildren with her and Atwell for large family get-togethers both at their home and at the Lake o’ the Pines where they owned property. She loved flowers and her yard, she liked to fish. She was highly competitive and enjoyed many spirited games of dominos, 42, and cards with her family and many friends. She loved to gamble at the horse races and penny slots at the casinos. She was also an avid Rangers baseball fan. Almost to the end of her life she played Yahtzee with her brother and his wife on the Sundays they visited her.

June loved people, all the people she met along the way of her lifetime. She was sweet, loyal, and loving to all who came in contact with her. She always said I love you a dozen times with a hug and a kiss. She leaves behind many friends and caretakers at Country Place, now Arabella Assisted Living in Kilgore, where she lived for the last 14 years. She will be very much missed there.

June was a Baptist and was true to her God, she listened to her audio Bible everyday when her eyesight eventually failed her. June leaves behind a legacy of love and dedication to her family and her Lord for all to follow.

June is survived by three of her four children: Kathy Patterson and husband James of Mount Vernon, Holland Whitten and wife Candice of Gun Barrel City, Patricia Adams and husband Jimmy of Kilgore. She is also survived by her brother Franklin Kirby and wife Carol of Ore City. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, her sister-in-law Lyda Gray, and her special friends Connie Johnson, Fannie Stretcher and Nadine Jennings. 

June was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Atwell Whitten, her son Jabez Roy (Skipper), her parents, six of her siblings, and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, at the Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home with Charles Thompson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at the Old Saltillo Cemetery; pall bearers are Jace Adams, Jimmy Cox, Frankie Kirby and David Patterson.

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