Born Sept. 30, 1934, at Holland, Mo., a son of the late Sam D. and Ethel Lena Barnes Whittle he was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
On Sept. 22, 1985, at Steele, Mo., he married Patsy Davis who survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Larry Coulson of Versailles, Mo. and George Jenkins of Fredericktown, Mo.; six daughters, Joy Tate of Piggott, JoAnn Miller of Clarksville, Mich., Patricia Flakes of Southaven, Ind., Kathy Thompson of Highland, Texas, Sherry Jordon and Mary Riley, both of Versailles; one brother, Allan Smith of Davidson, Mich.; one sister, Barbara Norris of Troy, Mo.; 29 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, Feb. 27, at the McDaniel Funeral Service Chapel in Kennett.