Mrs. Arlinda Deloris Whitaker

October 23, 1947May 10, 2020
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Arlinda Deloris McCowan Whitaker passed away Sunday May 10, 2020. Arlinda was born on October 23, 1947 in Houston, Texas to Howard and Raynola McCowan. Arlinda was the youngest of their four children. She was raised in the Fifth Ward area of Houston with her siblings— Alphretta, Saundra, and Kenneth McCowan. She graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in Houston in 1965. After high school, she attended the University of North Texas and graduated in 1969.

Arlinda met her husband, Creston Whitaker, at the University of North Texas and they were married for 47 years. Arlinda and Creston had 2 children—Creston II and Chelsea Whitaker.

Arlinda was passionate about helping others—especially children. She worked for the Dallas County Juvenile Department for over 40 years. She was an active member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for 43 years. She passionately served in the Comfort & Care Ministry providing support for families dealing with various illnesses and bereavement.

Arlinda was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Raynola McCowan. Arlinda is survived by her husband Creston, son Creston II (Lisa), daughter Chelsea, grandchildren Lillian and Creston III, sisters Alphretta and Saundra, brother Kenneth and numerous other loving family members and friends.

One of the last things she stated was that she wanted to donate to a local food bank to help struggling families impacted by COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, you may send a monetary donation through cashapp to “$seawhit” or through venmo “@Cwhitaker2”. The family will donate all funds received to a local food bank in Arlinda’s honor. Due to COVID-19, the memorial will be a private event and you must receive authorization to attend. Visitation will be open to the public, but the number of people allowed to visit at one time will be limited. Please wear a mask. Thank you for your support as we honor Arlinda during this unprecedented times.


  • Visitation

    Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Vicki Wright

May 23, 2020

I had the honor and the privilege of meeting Mrs Arlinda, through the Travailing Women Saturday prayer group at OCBF. Mrs. Arlinda gently, quiet, sweet, and powerful presence will be greatly missed. Her words of wisdom and encouragement has left an impactful impression forever in my heart! Her love for her family, friends, and people as a whole can never be replaced but forever remembered!! Rest on in the comfort of the Lord.

John T & Robbie S Smith III

May 23, 2020

To The Family of Arlinda Whitaker,
My wife and I, Robbie Middleton Smith, met Arlinda through Robbie's 1st Cousin, Blenda Joyce Middleton, one of Arlinda's best friends (if not BFF, according to Joyce; LOL).

We grew to love Arlinda and her family, and it was always a joy for us to visit Joyce and be in Arlinda's presence for the special life celebrations we shared through the years. We knew Arlinda to be a sweet, quiet and Christian woman; soft-spoken and full of smiles. I also had a connection with Arlinda via her basketball-playing daughter, Chelsea, who played at Baylor University, my hometown university.

We pray that God will comfort you during this time of physical separation from your loved one, but know that she lives on in your hearts, minds, and souls, and is in the presence of the Lord. I also pray that you look forward to re-uniting with her again in that Great Day of reunion in the sky with our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Rest in His promises; Heb.13:5b (for he hath said I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.), and John 14:18, I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you. Trust in His promises in His word, and He will strengthen your hearts and minds.

Be Blessed, Be Encouraged, Be Prayerful, & Pray.
Minister John T. & Robbie S. Smith, III

Sharon Hanlon

May 22, 2020

I met Arlinda and her husband Creston 20 years ago when they came to Chicago to meet her Chicago-Thomas family. She called me recently upon hearing of my cancer diagnosis . Arlinda’s mother (Raynola) and my mother (Adine Thomas Hobson) were first cousins. I will miss Arlinda’s calls and I am saddened by her death. Rest In Peace cousin.🙏🏽🙏🏽

Wilria Monmouth

May 21, 2020

My condolences to all for the loss you have suffered. I was Arlinda’s first roommate at North Texas. She was always kind and we got along well. As I read a few of the messages I was glad to read that after all these years she was still kind and a God fearing woman. You are in my prayers.

Velma McGee

May 21, 2020

Arlinda was such a gentle, sweet spirited woman. Our Travailing Women’s prayer group loved her and affectionately called her a ‘quiet storm’. I knew her as an encourager and supporter, always ready with a word of wisdom from her experiences in life and with God’s word.
I considered her to be a friend; dearly loved and equally cherished.
I offer prayers for the family for God’s continued comfort and peace during this time.

Opal Mattox

May 20, 2020

Chelsea, I am Opal and have been a friend of your mom's since we were suite mates at NTSU. Arlinda was a noble and kind individual. I'll miss her as I know you and family will. My condolences a n d love.

Beverly Ratliff

May 19, 2020

Arlinda and I grew up together from elementary to high school we were friends, more like family. My Godmother was her aunt, my Dad her Dad and my Godfather were good friends served in war together. I’ve known her all my life and I am so saddened by her death. She will truly be missed by me and my family. I pray that the beautiful legacy she has left will serve as comfort to her husband and kids. She’ll forever be in my heart. Rest In Peace my friend until we meet again in heaven! Love you forever.

Lillian Eunice

May 18, 2020

The family of Gertrude McCowan especially her children ,first cousins Lillian and Ed, will truly miss Arlinda. Arlinda always called us to acknowledge special family events and she loved to check in on the health and well being of her *Aunt Gertrude.* Arlinda will be remembered by us as a kind and caring person who loved our family and was dedicated to documenting the lives and experiences of McCowan family members. Forever love-Rest in peace. Sincerely, Ed and Lillian McCowan

Rita Miller

May 18, 2020

I met Arlinda at OCBF through the Prayer ministry on Saturday
mornings, with The Travailing Women. She was a beautiful woman, with a kind and sweet spirit. She was definitely a prayer Warrior who loved her family and church. She will be missed. So grateful to have had an opportunity to meet her and pray with her.

Diann Phillips Smith

May 18, 2020

It saddens me to hear the news of Arlinda’s passing, but as I began thinking about the times I was privilege to share with her brought tears of joy to my eyes. Arlinda was more than a supervisor she was a mentor and friend. During her time serving as the supervisor for Deferred Prosecution, Arlinda’s passion was helping the youth in Dallas County. She went above and beyond working with the community and instilling that same passion in all of her staff. Arlinda was compassionate and could lend words of wisdom to anyone that asked. I spoke to Arlinda in 2015, and in speaking with her that day was as if we talked every day. I am not sure if she knew the impression she made on my life, but I knew, and for that I will always remember, Arlinda. My prayers and condolences to all of the family.


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