OBITUARIO

John Richard Whitson

27 agosto , 19307 julio , 2021

John Whitson was an only child, adored by his parents, but he wanted to have more than one child. He had three and he adored them. The most important things to him were his faith and God, his family and singing for which he had a real talent, but mostly he just enjoyed it. His father had taught him to sing harmony and at 15, he and 4 friends loaded a model A, put a sign on the side of it, “Touring America on a Song” and that’s what they did, stopping at cafes and literally singing for their supper. He joined the Navy during the Korean war and served on a destroyer but his wonderful voice, speaking as well as singing, earned him the assignment of Captain’s Talker. He stood by and when the captain gave information or issued orders, he relayed them to the rest of the ship via the PA system. His voice also led him to his career. He majored in journalism at the University of Texas, then added broadcasting courses and worked on the campus radio station. He spent over 28 years in television news, most of which as the News Director at various stations including KTVT channel 11 here locally. It was an independent then. The last few years of his career, he worked as the Supervisor of the Learning Resource Center in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Arlington and was in the position of Assistant Director of Public Information when he retired. He loved working with and around the students. Fulfilling his desire for several children, John is survived by his two daughters, Laura Crudup, Amy Cade and his son, Mike Whitson and a son-in-law, Steve Crudup and daughter-in-law, Cynde Whitson, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He also is survived by his number one fan and wife of 40 years, Kathleen Krebbs Whitson.

Celebration of Life Services will be Monday, July 12, at Keller Church of Christ. A Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. and Services at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to Lymphoma Research Foundation in honor of John Whitson who battled variations of this cancer for 33 years.

Servicios

  • Visitation

    lunes, 12 julio , 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    lunes, 12 julio , 2021

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Derwood Rowell

13 julio , 2021

John was instrumental in getting me into news and weather reporting at KOSA in Odessa, Tx. He and Doug Carter, another newsman from Odessa, moved to Fort Worth KTVT and within a year contacted me about an opening at Channel 11 . I applied for and got the job. This launched me into the field I ended up retired from 20 years later. John was a good newsman and a great friend.. Kathleen, I have so many memories of our time doing news and weather. It was a special time in my life and I-was there when the John and Kathleen saga began. Carolyn and I send our love and condolences to you and your family.

Cathy (Ervin) Cavin

12 julio , 2021

My earliest memories of John were being so proud that he was my "uncle". Though he wasn't really my Mom's sibling, they were both only kids, nearly the same age, and raised together as close as most siblings He was so darned handsome and had a gorgeous voice. We sat up proudly on Sunday mornings as John did the announcements and lead the singing at our church in Odessa, Texas. Laura, Amy and Michael came along and I remember our entire family being sad as they moved to the metroplex to follow a better job oppurtunity for "John R". I remember John's charm, wit and love for his family and wish I had spent more time around him in recent years.

Linda Greenlee

11 julio , 2021

I remember a young John Whitson at KOSA TV 7 in Odessa. He was a handsome man and a good news man! Nice to see the photos from his time in Odessa.

My deepest condolences.

Linda Greenlee

Pam & Mike Quinn

10 julio , 2021

We have been good friends with John and Kathleen for all their married life. Both are caring people whose hospitality, outgoing personalities, humor, and love for each other made them a very special couple indeed. We always enjoyed being around John because he was a great conversationalist, sincere in his words, and genuinely nice. His love of the Lord was apparent in all he did. He was an impressive man, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and husband. He left his mark as a journalist in his career too. May his memories and goodness live on for his favorite number one fan, his family, and all who knew him.
With our deepest sympathy,
Pam & Mike

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