Jimmie Ray Whipple

June 28, 1933February 18, 2021

Private graveside services for Jimmie Ray Whipple will be held at Houston National Cemetery.

Mr. Whipple died February 18, 2021. He was born June 28, 1933 in Clarita, Oklahoma. He was the son of Edwin and Georgia Fay Whipple.

He served twenty years in the United States Air Force, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded three air medals as a flight crew member of one hundred thirty two combat missions and awarded an Air Force accommodation medal.

He retired from the Air Force in July 1973 and joined the crew systems division of NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He moved to Lufkin in June 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Whipple of Lufkin; daughters, Debbie Whipple Stubblefield of Pollok and Linda Whipple McCreary of Lufkin; son Ronald Whipple and daughter-in-law, Ginny Whipple of Pollok; grandsons, Cody Stubblefield of Pollok, Justin Eckman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; granddaughter, Sumer Scott of Phoenix, Arizona; step-sons, David Green of Houston, Texas and Kevin Green of Lufkin; sister, Lonell Morgan of Sonora, California and brother, Lloyd Whipple of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

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Pam Stauffer

February 26, 2021

My sweet Uncle Jim was so special to me. I looked to him as a father-figure. He will be greatly missed by me, and so many people that loved him.
He went through so many health issues, and was amazed every time God pulled him through it! His family, friends and especially his kids were blessed to have him in their lives.
My mother and him would talk for hours, several times a week reminiscing about the past. I know there will be a huge void in her life, but I’m grateful they had that precious time together.
I will miss his upbeat, “well hi honey “ when he answered the phone, and “thank for calling honey, I love you” when we were ready to hang up.
I take comfort in knowing he is celebrating with a perfect body, and mind with his parents, and other family members in heaven.
God bless you 🙏😇
I love you sweet Uncle Jim, and know I will see you again! 🤗😘