William Wayne Whitaker

August 20, 1933November 18, 2018

William Wayne Whitaker (85) was promoted to heaven on Sunday, November 18th, after a short illness due to a fall. Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 14th, 2018, 11 am, at Berachah Church, located at 2815 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056, where he and his wife have attended since 1965. A graveside service was held on November 27, 2018, at 11:30 am, in New Braunfels, Texas, at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.

Wayne was born in Hamlin, Texas, on August 20,1933, to David and Julia Whitaker. After graduating as valedictorian from Denver City High School, he attended Texas Tech University in 1955 earning a degree in petroleum engineering. Wayne was able to keep his engineering license active throughout his life by taking courses online and earning excellent grades. While completing his military service, he earned the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force, serving in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) program. After completing his military service, Wayne was employed by Standard Oil Company in Snyder, Midland, and Houston, Texas. He then left the oil industry to pursue his passion for real estate. He made a successful career buying, selling, and leasing homes in Houston and New Braunfels, Texas. Additionally, he helped many people become homeowners. He leaves his business interests as a legacy for his family to continue his passion. Wayne and family would like to express our gratitude for all the support given us from realtors, bankers, and title companies throughout his business lifetime. We would also like to thank Wayne’s many tenants and buyers.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Katrina Joy Sosebee Whitaker, a daughter, Dayna Kimberly Whitaker, a son, Gregory Wayne Whitaker, along with daughter-in-law, Melissa Whitaker, and 3 beautiful granddaughters, Lauren Sanderlin and husband Tim, Robyn Whitaker, and Avery Whitaker. Wayne is also survived by 2 brothers, Bob Whitaker, wife Elaine, and family of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Joe Whitaker, wife Colby, and family of Plano, Texas. Wayne is also survived by many relatives throughout Texas.

In lieu of flowers, you may choose to make a donation to: R. B. Thieme, Jr. Bible Ministries, 5139 West Alabama St., Houston, Texas 77056.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2018

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Vanessa Bates

January 8, 2019

I stumbled onto this notice and was sad to hear this news. I leased two different homes (Saxon Street and Willowisp) from Mr. Whitaker and Greg many years ago. Mr. Whitaker was always so nice to me. My sincere condolences to the family. Vanessa Bates

Mary Donna Bishop

December 14, 2018

Our whole family was shocked and broken-hearted to hear about dear Wayne. What a kind, faithful, encouraging and honorable man, always such a gentle and strong presence, always ready with a smile and a helping hand. He was so devoted to his family, a loving husband and father, and such a wonderful friend. We will always miss him. I am so sorry, Joy, Kym and all of your family. We will continue to pray that you can feel some measure of our Heavenly Father's love throughout this unbearable loss and that of all your friends who love you and miss him as well. With much love, Paul, Mary Donna, & Emily Bishop

Tony Estus

December 12, 2018

I'm sorry to hear so late. Wayne was a good friend to me and many others. I'm sorry for his family. I am sure he will be skiing and hitting the gym in heaven.
Tony Estus- Wayne's workout and coffee Buddy.

Mary and Johnny Currie

December 9, 2018

To the Whitaker Family: We met Mr. Whitaker in 1981 when he leased our home to us. We leased it for quite a while then asked him if we could purchase it and so the rest is history. We became owners. Mr. Whitaker was always so good to us and was so kind. If we needed something he saw we got it. A lot of times we would fix things ourselves without asking him. But we kept our house under leasing just like it was ours and Mr. Whitaker made that come true. We want to thank your family for all he did for us. We still live in our house since so it is going on 39 years.

Mary and Johnny Currie

Larry DeFrank

December 9, 2018

RIP Mr. Whitaker. You helped me and my family thru tough times. You were a great and honest man.