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Browning Funeral Home

141 West Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS

OBITUARY

Joe Phillip Whitten

May 25, 1955February 16, 2020
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His Lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Lord. Matthew 25:21 Joe Phillip Whitten, age 64, peacefully entered into the joy of his Lord at this home, surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Joe Phil was a mighty man of God, humble and gentle in spirit. He had a true servant’s heart, as evidenced by his commitment to his home church, First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, where he had served as deacon and was recently honored with the title of Deacon Emeritus. He was the beloved Sunday School teacher of “Joe Phil’s Sunday School Class” and enjoyed serving as a member of the jail ministry team. He served his community as Pontotoc Fair Board President, 4-H lifetime volunteer, member of Pontotoc Chapter Gideons, Civitan Chaplin, Oak Hill Water Association President, and member of the Pontotoc Cattlemen’s Association. He retired after 45 years at Pontotoc Electric Power Association, where he developed and nurtured many loving friendships. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in First Baptist Family Life Center (31 Washington Street, Pontotoc). On Wednesday, February 19, 2020 visitation will be at 10 a.m. and the service will commence at 11:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center with his beloved pastor Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty Lyons Whitten; 5 daughters, Valerie Peeples (Bob), Venetta Duff (Al), Veronica Minier (Edward), Victoria Whitten Kilpatrick (T.J.), Joanna Whitten Manning (Davis); his grandchildren Adam Peeples (Katie), Daniel Peeples (Casey), Luke Peeples, Hannah Hanna (Clif), Daynalee Ferguson (Jeremy), Andrew Duff, Boone Waldon, Bailee Waldon, Zeke Minier, Connor Kilpatrick, Brooklyn Claire Kilpatrick, Ila Haze Manning, and Bohannon Manning; his great grandchildren Lucy Peeples, Laynie Peeples, Darcy Peeples, Millie Peeples, Baylor Peeples, Mila Rae Hanna, and soon to enter this world, Josie Len Ferguson; his two sisters Becky Whitten Jackson (Ricky) of Tupelo and Betty Whitten Womack (Ralph) of DeKalb; his niece, Anna Jackson, and nephew Brookes(Taylor) Jackson; his aunt Jeane McKinney of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law Laura Franklin (Donald) of Pontotoc and Nancy Phillips (Ronny) of Tupelo ; Two brother in laws Delbert Lyons (Donna) and Elbert Lyons (Helen) of Pontotoc.

He was greeted in Glory by his parents Joe Brooks Whitten and Johnnie McKinney Whitten, and the many brothers and sisters in Christ who have preceded him in death.

Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens Cemetery. His grandsons and nephew will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are “Joe Phil’s Sunday School Class.” Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church 31 Washington Street Pontotoc or to the ALS (Louis Gehrig) Foundation by calling 1-855-852-8129.

Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com

  • DONATIONS

  • First Baptist Church
  • ALS Foundation

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Len Welch

February 19, 2020

Joe Phil and I were Sunday School classmates way back when it was Alvin Ashmore's class. Joe Phil always greeted with a warm smile and friendly handshake. He was a faithful and attentive classmate. He walked upright in the LORD.
My wife, Wannie, and I remember teaching then-5-year old Victoria in "Little Church." Our sincere condolences go out to all the Whitten family.
We miss all our FBC family and wish so very much that we could be there with you.

Kathy Williamson

February 18, 2020

Joe Phil will be missed. I know that he absolutely cherished his family. He loved you all with everything he had. I loved seeing him wear his big eyed glasses that had just enough hair on it to say it had hair on Halloween. Joe would help pass out the juice on Halloween to all the kids when we had the harvest walk up town.

Lavonia Lackey

February 18, 2020

To the family: My prayers and condolences are with you at this difficult time. May God continue to be a comfort and strength to you. I will miss him very much. We always enjoyed talking about our Cardinals and Grizzlies. I am truly going to miss him as I know you will as well. Be blessed and you will forever be in my prayers. Rest in Peace, my sweet friend. Love Lavonia

Teresa Petty

February 18, 2020

Mr. Joe Phil, was a Good Friend, Co-Worker,and a True Christian, he loved people and would help anybody, this hurts me, hate he is gone but he will be missed and always remembered!!!!

Billy & Linda Taylor

February 18, 2020

Joe was a wonderful Christian man who touched many lives through his jail ministery. I feel honored to have known him. He will be greatly missed.

Leigh Johnson

February 18, 2020

This was one of the best men I ever knew. He had a beautiful heart and helped so many people. Rest In Peace Mr. Whitten.

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Biography

His Lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Lord. Matthew 25:21
Joe Phillip Whitten, age 64, peacefully entered into the joy of his Lord at this home, surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Joe Phil was a mighty man of God, humble and gentle in spirit. He had a true servant’s heart, as evidenced by his commitment to his home church, First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, where he had served as deacon and was recently honored with the title of Deacon Emeritus. He was the beloved Sunday School teacher of “Joe Phil’s Sunday School Class” and enjoyed serving as a member of the jail ministry team. He served his community as Pontotoc Fair Board President, 4-H lifetime volunteer, member of Pontotoc Chapter Gideons, Civitan Chaplin, Oak Hill Water Association President, and member of the Pontotoc Cattlemen’s Association. He retired after 45 years at Pontotoc Electric Power Association, where he developed and nurtured many loving friendships.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in First Baptist Family Life Center (31 Washington Street, Pontotoc). On Wednesday, February 19, 2020 visitation will be at 10 a.m. and the service will commence at 11:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center with his beloved pastor Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Brownig Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty Lyons Whitten; 5 daughters, Valerie Peeples (Bob), Venetta Duff (Al), Veronica Minier (Edward), Victoria Whitten Kilpatrick (T.J.), Joanna Whitten Manning (Davis); his grandchildren Adam Peeples (Katie), Daniel Peeples (Casey), Luke Peeples, Hannah Hanna (Clif), Daynalee Ferguson (Jeremy), Andrew Duff, Boone Waldon, Bailee Waldon, Zeke Minier, Connor Kilpatrick, Brooklyn Claire Kilpatrick, Ila Haze Manning, and Bohannon Manning; his great grandchildren Lucy Peeples, Laynie Peeples, Darcy Peeples, Millie Peeples, Baylor Peeples, Mila Rae Hanna, and soon to enter this world, Josie Len Ferguson; his two sisters Becky Whitten Jackson (Ricky) of Tupelo and Betty Whitten Womack (Ralph) of DeKalb; his niece, Anna Jackson, and nephew Brookes(Taylor) Jackson; his aunt Jeane McKinney of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law Laura Franklin (Donald) of Pontotoc and Nancy Phillips (Ronny) of Tupelo ; Two brother in laws Delbert Lyons (Donna) and Elbert Lyons (Helen) of Pontotoc.

He was greeted in Glory by his parents Joe Brooks Whitten and Johnnie McKinney Whitten, and the many brothers and sisters in Christ who have preceded him in death.

Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
His grandsons and nephew will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers are “Joe Phil’s Sunday School Class.”
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church 31 Washington Street Pontotoc or to the ALS (Louis Gehrig) Foundation by calling 1-855-852-8129.

Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com