Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Donald Ray Whitmore
Card received from Mrs Mary Whitmore in response to 45th Reunion invitation:
"How very pleased Don would have been to get your invitation. He loved his time teaching at Rockdale. I have great memories of friends and our time there.
Don passed away in May of 06. And he is missed so deeply. Thank you for remembering him.
(Mrs) Mary Whitmore
3010 Oakhurst St
Denton, TX 76210
Donald Ray Whitmore of Denton, professor emeritus at Texas Woman's University, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2006, at Lake Forest Good Samaritan Home.
Don was born April 18, 1933, in Houston, son of Fletcher Ames and Irene (Sharp) Whitmore.
A 1950 graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan, he earned his bachelor of arts from North Texas State University and his master of arts and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He taught Spanish and English at Katy High School, Rockdale High School, Temple Junior College and was head of the Foreign Language Department at Hardin Simmons University. He came to Texas Woman's University in 1975 and taught bi-lingual education, English as a Second Language and teacher training, retiring in 1998.
Don was a deacon at First Baptist Church, taught Bible study and played piano for many Sunday school classes, sang in the choir and served on many committees. He was a man of deep faith and musical talent, serving several churches as pianist and music minister. After retiring he was a volunteer at Community Hospital, Denton Regional Hospital and served on the board of Habitat for Humanity.
Don married Mary Layman in Prosper in 1955; they have four sons: Marcus and Vicki of Plano; Keith and Laura of Shawnee, Okla; Bruce and Lyn of Denton; and Captain Eric and Jean of Okinawa, Japan. There are 16 grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth Whitmore and Herbert Criswell; and grandbaby, Joseph Whitmore.
Services will be Monday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Denton.
Dr. Larry Reynolds and Dr. Jeff Williams will officiate. Graveside service will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney. Pallbearers will be his nine grandsons.
The family appreciates Lake Forest Good Samaritan Nursing Care Unit, The Vintage Altzheimer's Unit, and American Hospice for the gracious and loving care given to Don.
Memorial gifts can be made to Lake Forest Good Samaritan, Habitat for Humanity or First Baptist Church Music Ministry.
To offer condolences online, please visit www.goen-hudgens funeralhome.com
Published in the Denton Record-Chronicle, Sunday, May 14, 2006
Note received from Mrs Whitmore:
Thank you for the kind words. Don loved teaching and our years at Rockdale have special memories. Our first son started his school years there. Our 4th son was born there.
Thank you for asking for his obituary. Use any part of all - whatever you think.
Have a great time getting together with old friends.
My best to you all.
May 11, 2006