James Juan Whitehead

November 30, 1931December 12, 2018

James Juan Whitehead, 87, passed away peacefully with his wife and six children by his side on December 12, 2018, after battling Alzheimer's for eight years. Juan graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1954, with a degree in chemistry. He spent his entire career with Chevron retiring as general manager of the Asphalt division where he was also Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Asphalt Institute. Juan loved to golf, fish, hunt and most of all, loved being with his family. He also served many years in the Baptist church as a deacon, where he also taught Sunday school. Juan is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Maude Whitehead and brother, Gene Whitehead. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Ann, six children; Whitey (Jami) Whitehead, Robby (Suzanne) Whitehead , Ginny (Tony) Maher, Willy (Wendy) Whitehead, Amy Sayne and Joey (Cyndi) Whitehead, 17 grandchildren; Clay (Hanah), Clint, Jason (Stephanie), Amanda (Chase), Alan (Susanna), Chase (Stephanie), Dillon (Porschea), Olivia (Josh), Allison, Aaron (Leigha), Jake, McKenzie, Jackson, Jacy, Anna Grace, Rileyann, Marybeth, three step grandchildren; Sophie, Bailey, Rylie, eight great grandkids; Lucy, Jude, Ansley, Jack, Tristan, Hunter, Collins and Jack, and two sisters; Beth Whitehead and Rosemary (Bill) Colvin. A service will be held on Friday December 21st at the First Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama. Visitation will be from 1:30pm - 3:00pm, with a memorial service immediately following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.


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Bill McMullin

February 6, 2019

To Juan's family--I just saw Juan's name in Chevron's December 2018 Memorial. I know you don't know me (Bill McMullin), but in mid-1970's I worked for Chevron as an Marketing Administrative Clerk in Tampa, FL and had an opportunity to interview for a job in Chevron Asphalt in Columbus, Ohio. I didn't know a thing about asphalt, but that roads were made of it. But I decided to interview for the job anyway. It was January & the interview was in Cincinnati. When I got off the plane it was freezing & since I lived/worked in Florida I didn't own an overcoat only my suit coat. Juan & Manager Charlie Grismer met me at the airport for the interview. Juan was so nice he loaned me his overcoat as I was shivering. I remember like it was yesterday Charlie asked in a stern way--what I knew about asphalt & tennis & running track construction/coatings (I didn't even know Chevron made these products). I honestly said Nothing other than I drive on roads & I play tennis, but I was willing to learn if they would teach me. That must have hit Juan in a very positive way as Juan took over the interview--we hit it off & I know he liked me & likewise I liked him. He hired me & I worked 3 years for Juan under Manager Don Beck as an Asphalt Rep in Columbus, Ohio. Doug Turner, our Technical guy, was great & taught me a lot. Juan was always friendly to me & he kept pushing me to step out of my comfort zone. I was promoted to other jobs; then in California I went back to asphalt for a year in Sacramento, CA, & Juan was the Asphalt General Manager then. Again, Juan was super nice to me & he kept encouraging me to step out as he told me I had other promotions ahead of me in Chevron. He was right.
I was so blessed to have known Juan & to have worked with him. Juan taught me a lot. I was so sorry to hear he had passed. I know his family have some great memories. Just know there are probably other Bill McMullin's out there who Juan touched in a very positive way.