OBITUARY

Hardford H. Whittaker

12 September, 19409 June, 2021
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Hardford H. Whittaker, 80, devoted husband, father, grand-father and great-grandfather of Trinity, Texas passed away on June 9, 2021. Hardford was known by many names. Frenchy, Coonie, Heavy, Honey, Sweetheart, Daddy, Pa, and Papaw. He was born to Lily and Harry Whittaker on September 12, 1940 in Eunice, Louisiana. He married the love of his life Mary Lou Tollett from Pasadena, Texas on August 12, 1961, and would have been married 60 years later this summer. They made their home together in Pasadena for 40 years, before retiring and moving to Trinity, Texas in 2002. Hardford was a hard-working man of many skills and made his living as a pipefitter and welder by trade. He was as a member of the local 211 for over 50 years. His many hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking; he was exceptional at them all. He was a lover of life and was loved by many. His great story telling ability captured everyone’s attention. Hardford always had a smile that would light up a room and he left this earth with a smile on his face. Hardford touched many people’s lives and left a great impact on anyone who ever had the privilege of meeting him. He will be truly missed by many.

Hardford is survived by his wife Mary L. Whittatker of Trinity, Texas; daughters Pam Cauthen and son-in-law Carl Cauthen of League City, Texas, daughter Sherry DiCerbo and son-in-law Joseph DiCerbo of Pasadena, Texas; grandchildren Brandon Thaden of La Porte, Texas, Taylor Teel and wife Kelley of La Porte, Texas, Tyler Teel and wife Danielle of Pasadena, Texas, Chance Cauthen of Alvin, Texas, Heath Cauthen of Alvin, Texas, Hayden Cauthen of Alvin, Texas, Christopher DiCerbo of Glassboro, New Jersey; great grandchildren Charlie, Claire and Nolan Teel, Jordan and Jackson Teel, Baylen, Thaden, Ellie and Palmer Cauthen, Tanner and Tegan Cauthen; brother Harry Whittaker of Grapeland, Texas; Bonnie Whittaker of Corrigan, Texas; and many other nieces and nephews, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws who he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by parents Lilly and Harry Whittaker; and sisters Mary Bihm and Mauralis Bihm.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Guests

    Sunday, 13 June , 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, 14 June , 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, 14 June , 2021

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Jimmy & Debbie Patterson

14 June 2021

Jimmy and Frenchy we’re buddies for over 30 years. They had lots of laughs, went hunting & fishing with their other good friend Bud. They we’re always together having fun. I met Frenchy when Jimmy and myself got together 29 years ago and he became one of my dearest friends as well. We will both deeply miss him. Love you Frenchy!

John Ace Coody

13 June 2021

Frenchy was a good man, excellent craftsman, he was a man of his word and expected no less from you!
R. I. P. Old Friend you will be missed.

Craig Bihm

12 June 2021

He was a very good man I loved him very much and loved visiting with him. I am working in Hopewell Virginia and can't take off to go send my Love.

Lahoma Pilgreen

11 June 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of this dear man passing. He was such a delight to be around. His contagious smile, his stories and his wonderful food. He was a friend to all. Praying for his sweet family.

Stacia Joy

11 June 2021

Uncle Hartford u were one of many every time I saw u, you had a smile and your face and I've always loved your passion with cooking and etc u will be truly missed...❤


Love Always

Stacia

Don Booth

11 June 2021

I worked with Frenchy when I was an apprentice down at the Joe Hoover fab shop and I always enjoyed hearing him tell stories. He had a great laugh and bragged about going out and dancing with his wife. Later when my wife and I went dancing every week I thought of Frenchy often. Rest In Peace Brother, you will be missed.

Kenneth Edwards

11 June 2021

Frenchy was a faithful member of Pipefitters Local #211..
I know a lot of people will be losing weight with him being gone on to heaven because of missing his great cooking.
Love you brother see you soon .
Kenneth Edwards

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