Caughman-Harman Funeral Home - West Columbia Chapel & Southland Memorial Gardens
820 W Dunbar Rd, W. Columbia, SC
November 29, 1942 – November 6, 2019
WEST COLUMBIA – Evelyn Ione Whigham, age 76, entered fully into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Wednesday morning, November 6th, 2019.
She was born November 29, 1942 in Swink, Oklahoma, to the late Luther and Myrtle (Childress) White. She was the youngest of four children. Two brothers preceded her in death, Delmar “Doodle” and Dean White.
Evelyn gave her life to Christ at an early age, and her faith never wavered. Her family moved to Tucumcari, New Mexico, where she started working at a young age. She was a waitress at the Frank’s Busy Bee Café, where she met George, who would travel ninety miles to see her while he was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, New Mexico. They married in 1959 and had sixty wonderful years together.
Evelyn retired from Wells Fargo. She and George then went to work for Holiday Retirement, Inc., lastly with opening Deepwood Estates on Old Chapin Road in Lexington, SC.
Evelyn wrote and recorded gospel music. She used her God-given talent to minister and share the love of Jesus through her music at various nursing homes, prisons, etc. She loved singing in the church choir and with the Jubilant Singers. Evelyn enjoyed bowling, gardening, singing, spending time with Jesus in prayer and scripture, and she loved and adored her children and grandchildren.
Evelyn is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, George R. Whigham, Jr.; her three children, Kenneth (Cindy) Whigham, Cheryl “Darlene” (Rick) Derrick, all of West Columbia, and Nancy Whigham (Ken McCall) of Greenville, SC; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Monna Kay Mullins of Amarillo, TX, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will welcome friends and loved ones at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel, located at 820 West Dunbar Rd., West Columbia, SC 29170 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019. A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 2003 Charleston Hwy., Cayce, SC 29033. The family will hold a private burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation and sincerely thank Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care of West Columbia for making Evelyn’s final days comfortable and peaceful.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials go to Trinity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Hwy., Cayce, SC 29033.
Trinity Baptist Church
2003 Charleston Highway, Cayce, SC 29033
- Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2019
- Celebration of Life Sunday, November 10, 2019
November 12, 2019
I loved going to Aunt Evelyn's house as a girl. I remember her playing the piano and singing. She is singing and playing in heaven now and it is a joy to know she is at peace. I wish condolences for the family.
November 10, 2019
My deepest sympathy for the family and friends.
November 9, 2019
We will always remember Mrs. Evelyn’s birthday, anniversary, and just encouragement cards. She always had a smile and a very sweet spirit. Her and George were always contributing stories in Sunday school about their lives together and how God was guiding them. She will surely be missed here. We know she’s rejoicing in heaven!