Betty McKay Whitler

August 10, 1931November 20, 2018

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel. The service will be officiated by Carl Rhoads, Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. The family will be receiving friends prior to the service, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel.

Betty passed away on Tuesday November 20, 2018. Betty was born August 10, 1931 in Camden, Arkansas, to Rev. Emmett Lee McKay and Virgie Pearl Bittle McKay. She moved with her family from Arkansas to Louisiana at age 13 and she graduated from Church Point High School in 1948. Betty attended Centenary College and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. She received her Master of Science Degree in Physical Education in 1961 from Northwestern State University and she also completed 30 hours above a Master Degree. She taught Physical Education for two years in St. Francisville, LA, and taught Physical Education at Broadmoor Jr. High School for thirty-two years, retiring in 1988. Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Shreveport all of her adult life. She was an avid sports fan and intently followed the Dallas Cowboys, Golden State Warriors and the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. She frequently would say her favorite sport was the one in season.

Preceding Betty in death were her husband of over fifty years, James Otto Whitler, Jr and a brother, Bobby Lee McKay. She is survived by sons, Ron Whitler (Celia) of Franklin, TN, and Mike Whitler (Renee) of Shreveport, LA. Grandsons, Max and Zach Whitler of Franklin TN; step-granddaughter, Lindsay Langford (Scott) of Indianapolis, IN and step-grandson, Taylor Gosslee (Katelyn) of Houston, TX. Great grandsons, Lucas and Cooper Langford of Indianapolis, IN and sister-in-law, Norma Whitler Lloyd (Dean) of Girard, IL. Also, she is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime friends, Alice Clegg, Norma Hairston and Louise Methvin.

Honoring Betty as pallbearers will be Taylor Gosslee, Scott Langford, Creighton Light, Mike McDowell, Wayne Smith and Ron Viskozki.

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  • James Otto Whitler, Jr., Husband of over 55 years
  • Bobby Lee McKay, Brother
  • Ron Whitler and wife, Celia, Son
  • Mike Whitler and wife, Renee, Son
  • Max and Zach Whitler, Grandsons
  • Lindsay Langford and husband, Scott, Step-Granddaughter
  • Taylor Gosslee and wife, Katelyn, Step-Grandson
  • Lucas and Cooper Langford, Great-Grandsons
  • Norma Whitler Lloyd and husband, Dean, Sister-in-law
  • She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime friends, Alice Clegg, Norma Hairston and Louise Methvin.

  • Taylor Gosslee
  • Scott Langford
  • Creighton Light
  • Mike McDowell
  • Wayne Smith
  • Ron Viskozki


  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 24, 2018

Betty McKay Whitler

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Jamie and Jackie Wine

November 29, 2018

We were honored to work with and be neighbors with Betty. She was an integral part of the North Highlands Neighborhood Association and served as a Director for many years. We will miss her at our meetings, but she will always be a part of the legacy of this neighborhood.

Edward Hearron

November 24, 2018

Betty was one of the most dedicated Physical Education teachers I had ever met. She was always prepared and always had a order about her that this was not just another physical education class. Betty actually had a PE program prepared every single day. To Betty PE was as important to her and to her students as any math, science, english, and/or history class going on at school. Betty was a dedicated teacher. If she was not at school then she had to be completely bed-ridden to not be there teaching her class. The young ladies that took PE from Mrs. Whitler knew that they were to dress out every day unless they had a doctor's excuse or were not physically able to dress out and participate. Betty was also a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Betty was always available to her sons, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren. As Principal of BMLS, where Betty taught for the nine years I was there, Betty Whitler was the model for what a PE program should be in Caddo Parish. Ed Hearron, former principal, BMLS

Dorothy Gwin

November 24, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cynthia Edwards

November 23, 2018

Mike and Ron,
I’ve known Betty through my sister-in-law, Louise Methvin. I fondly remember the years in Cherokee Park when Louise kept my son while I taught school. I would see the good friends gather and have coffee when I came to pick him up. They have stayed close friends all these years. Betty was such a sweet, pretty lady. I know how very special she has been to my family. Most recently, I have also been keeping up with her as a friend on FB. I loved reading her posts. She will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. I am in Virginia and cannot make the celebration of life. I wanted you to know that you and yours are in my thoughts and orayers.
Cynthia Methvin Edwards

Lynne Fitzgerald

November 21, 2018

I met Betty when I was a seventh grade student in her P.E Class at BroadmoorJunior High. For those three years we were at Broadmoor, she was my teacher and softball coach. She was kind and loved by all. She had a great sense of humor and we often teased her about that cute coach, Whitler. After retiring from my own career in education, I reconnected with her and had a chance to thank her for the inspiration and influence she had on my life. RIP Coach!

Melissa Trimble-Bigley

November 21, 2018

Though I don't believe I met you at a Whittler reunion we were cousins through marriage and my grandmother Minnie Whittler, Trimble, Olson. I loved see your posts and seeing how you were doing. You will be missed.