Curtis and Son Funeral Home

1315 Talladega Highway, Sylacauga, AL


Sarah S Whitman

November 24, 1926July 26, 2020

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, Sylacauga lost one of her leading citizens. Sarah Snuggs Whetstone Whitman, matriarch and loving mother, wife and friend to many, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She is preceded in death by loving parents, William Elbert and Mattie Lee Snuggs, her dear sister, Joanna Snuggs McGaughy, father to her children William Decatur Whetstone, and late husband Albert F. Whitman. Sarah was born in Enterprise Alabama, excelled in school and graduated from Alabama (Montevallo) College with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano at the early age of 20. She came to Sylacauga in 1946, where she taught at BB Comer School. She met handsome Bill Whetstone, and they were married in 1947 and lived happily until his untimely death in 1971. In 1983, she married Whit Whitman and they lived happily until his death in 2001. Sarah had an outstanding career as a teacher, first teaching piano in her own home and later as a teacher at Sylacauga High School. She was organist for a multiple of area churches over a span of 60 years beginning in 1948 as assistant organist for First Methodist Church. In 1964 she became full time organist for First Methodist, where she continued to serve for almost 50 years. After her children were grown, she obtained her master's degree in history from Samford University and began a 22-year career teaching social studies and English at Sylacauga High School. Civically, Sarah was a member of many women's organizations, the Sylacauga Parks and Recreation Board, Sylacauga Service League, Matron's Study Club, and accompanied many civic, school and church performances. For the past few years she has been a resident of Coosa Valley Nursing Home where she has made many friends among the caregivers. We are thankful for the caring staff and all their efforts to make mother comfortable. Survivors include children Sarah Jane and spouse Jim Parish, Anne and spouse Jerry Hogan, Bill Whetstone, and Virginia Lynn and spouse Ricky Thornton, grandchildren Steven Schroeder (Emilie), Sarah Kelley (Ryan), Adam Hogan, Bill Hogan (Chan), Adair Waldrop (Josh), Brodie Whetstone, Reed Whetstone, Jess Thornton (Allison) and Mary Cate Thornton, and great grandchildren Alexandria, Will, Kaitlynn, Lucas, Grady and Gracyn plus a host of dear nieces and nephews. Due to the current limitations, the family will hold a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sylacauga Education Foundation or the charity of your choice. We encourage online remembrances to the www.curtisandsonfh.com. Funeral services will be live streamed on Curtis and Son North Chapel’s Facebook page.


  • Sarah Jane Parish (Jim), Daughter
  • Anne Hogan (Jerry), Daughter
  • Bill Whetstone, Son
  • Virginia Lynn Thornton (Ricky), Daughter
  • Steven Schroeder (Emilie), Grandchild
  • Sarah Kelley (Ryan), Grandchild
  • Adam Hogan, Grandchild
  • Bill Hogan (Chan) (Chari), Grandchild
  • Adair Waldrop (Josh), Grandchild
  • Brodie Whetstone, Grandchild
  • Reed Whetstone, Grandchild
  • Jess Thornton (Allison), Grandchild
  • Mary Cate Thornton, Grandchild
  • Alexandria, Great Grandchild
  • Will, Great Grandchild
  • Kaitlynn, Great Grandchild
  • Lucas, Great Grandchild
  • Grady, Great Grandchild
  • Gracyn, Great Grandchild
  • plus a host of dear nieces and nephews


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Paul Sarvis

August 1, 2020

Aunt Sarah's work here on earth is finished; a job well done. Through her personal life, her teaching, and her music she touched and influenced thousands of lives. Her passing leaves a void in Sylacauga and a special place in the hearts of many who knew her. She will be missed.

Harriette Sawyer

July 29, 2020

Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. She leaves a legacy of love, kindness, and caring. My love , thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Craig Miller

July 28, 2020

I am so sadden to hear of your Mother's passing. Your Mom was one of my favorite teachers and I learned so much from her and always loved to visit with her when our paths crossed through the years. She was a such a positive examples to all that knew her and she will be missed dearly. Please know that all of you are in Vicki and my prayers.

Rob Gray

July 28, 2020

Sarah was such a special influence on me, from music to society to how to be a good person.

Tom Chamberlain

July 27, 2020

Mrs. Whitman was my civics teacher during my junior year at SHS the school year of 1986-1987. She was very pleasant and a great teacher.
I am saddened to hear of her passing but thankful that she had such a long and full life. Any of us can only hope for such a blessing.
I pray the lord bless her family as they celebrate her life and give them comfort.

Linda McAdam

July 27, 2020

Mrs. Whitman was the epitome of a Godly Southern Lady! She and her husband Whit were two of the first people to welcome us to Sylacauga. They invited us to join them at their table for dinner at the Sylacauga Country Club. Both were so kind and shared their love for their community with us. Sarah became an important part in our lives as she beautifully played the organ at our son’s (Kevin Rex) funeral and then played at our daughter Kimberly’s wedding. Both were held in the church, First United Methodist Church, that she loved and where she was loved and respected by all. She will truly be missed by her church family and her community. Our sincere prayers and love go out to her family.
Rex and Linda McAdam

Lynn Payton

July 27, 2020

Much love and prayers for the family. This sweet lady taught me at Sylacauga High School. She will forever be one of my favorites!

Jeremy Hogan

July 27, 2020

The family of Jeremy Hogan extend our sincerest condolences to all of the Whetstone family. Peace in heart and love to you all.

Steven Borden

July 27, 2020

I worked in the cafeteria at the hospital for several years. The Whitman family were always a joy to be around. Mrs. Whitman was well loved and appreciated. She will be greatly missed. I'm grateful for her and her family always treating me like family! My prayers are with you all

Evangelist David M. Williams

July 27, 2020

To the family of Mrs. Sarah: She was a most wonderful woman and wonderful teacher. I could of not gotten through Democracy, Economics and Communism class if she had not take special interest in me to help me through it. She was special. I also loved to hear her play the Pipe organ at the church when I would be there for some reason so beautiful. Now she is resting and happy in her heavenly home. My prayers are with you all, especially you Bill as you were the one I knew personally closer to my age in school.