OBITUARY

David Ronald Whitfield

April 6, 1946July 18, 2020
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David Ronald Whitfield, (AKA Ronnie and Elrona), age 74, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on July 18, 2020 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. David was born on April 6, 1946 in Terre Haute, IN. He was the second son of James Edward Whitfield, Sr. and the late Ernestine Roslyn (Stewart) Whitfield. David was preceded in death by his brother, the late James Whitfield, Jr. MD of Kokomo, Indiana. He is survived by his father, James Whitfield, Sr., a brother, Phillip Whitfield MD, a sister, Cheryl Whitfield, 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His surviving children are Dantra Finkler, "Little" Cheryl Whitfield, Chad Whitfield and Justin Whitfield. One son, David S. Whitfield preceded him in death.

David graduated from Kokomo High School in 1964. While in high school he participated in choir, held various leadership roles and lettered in the game he loved and truly excelled in-tennis. As a teenager, many people thought David looked like Elvis Presley. David, therefore named himself Elrona and often entertained others with his singing and bongos. After graduating high school, David attended Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Later he established "Whitfield Interiors", a fine furniture store in Kokomo, Indiana. David was an exceptional business man with outstanding public relations skills. He held various district level managerial positions for Culligan, Advanced Schools, Inc. and Craftmatic Beds. Unfortunately, in 1996 he suffered a major stroke which forced him into early retirement.

Despite having a disability, everyone who met David would marvel at his positive, jovial energy and innate intelligence. Being only able to express himself with limited phrases, his emphatic "How ya doin' ?", "I miss you !", "I luvv you !", and “Party, Party, Party!” would electrify the room! David had the gift of giving to others the hope and encouragement that "everything would be alright !".

Family, friends, caregivers, and numerous others will miss his smiles, gestures and timely encouragements. He leaves us now with heavily laden hearts, tears, and many fond memories. We know that David's new home is a place much better than here. Those in his presence are experiencing the joy of his encouraging spirit!

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, July 31, 2020 at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home 2097 West Alto Road Kokomo, Indiana 46902. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery Kokomo, Indiana. Visitation will be 1:00 - 2:00 PM Friday, July 31, 2020 at the funeral home. Online guest book at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.

The family has chosen to not place the service on Facebook Live.

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, July 31, 2020

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Patricia Wiley

August 1, 2020

Just wanted to send my heartfelt condolences to this awesome family. Use to hang out at there house many years ago with his sister Cheryl. David was so funny. Havent seen this family for quite a while . His brother Jimmey was my Moms doctor. Cheryl and Phillip my condolences. May he rest in piece.

Connie Stout

July 31, 2020

My heart goes out to the family and David's children for their loss . David loved everybody Jim and I used to take him to dinner with us he always ordered 2 or 3 iced teas at once he liked to have a lot of what he liked . I remember one day he just drove to my house walked in the door just to visit . He will be missed.

Linda Harris

July 31, 2020

Cousin Jimmy, Cheryl and Phil I just wanted to send my condolences to you on the loss of your son and brother!
David was so loved by you and others. May he rest in peace!

Vickie Moreland

July 30, 2020

David lived in the same apartment building that I did and he was always such a friendly and outgoing person! He always would meet you with a smile and an excited hello like he was so happy to see you! He will be very greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with David's family and also with Nancy. David, fly high with the angels and we will see you again.
Vickie Moreland

Elana Brazile

July 30, 2020

Kathleen Parson

July 29, 2020

Condolences to my old doctor Phil! He saved my life when I was diagnosed with stomach cancer with his quick actions. I went to school with Dave and remember him as being very handsome and a really nice guy!

Yolonda Rivers

July 25, 2020

Cheryl, lifting you and your family up in prayer, David left me a message on Facebook a couple weeks ago, I was thrilled to hear from him all because of the photo of years gone by on Spruce Street that you sent. Love to your dad, Philip, and you my friend.💕

Dantra Finkler

July 25, 2020

Once Cheryl and I had a friend spending the night. We asked if we could go to McDonalds. He snapped back and told us to go to bed as it was late. About half an hour after turning out the light, the door bursts open and you see him in the doorway throwing Big Macs at us.

Debby McGee Kelley

July 25, 2020

So sad about David's passing. He was so funny. I remember he would come to Grandma Whitfield's house and sit at her dining room table pretending to play the piano. After he was done playing for his attentive cousins, he would stand and take a bow to the applause of his audience. He was just the best. Thanks for the memories!!

Cynthia Miller

July 24, 2020

David's daughter Dantra and my son Mark were married and gave us two beautiful granddaughters. I remember dinners and birthday celebrations full of fun and laughter. My condolences to the entire family.

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