Born October 10, 1925, in Holcomb, Missouri, son of the late Adam Lee and Odie Whitson, he was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the DAV and the American Legion and a carpenter.
On August 8, 1946, he married Thelma Mae Elmore in Piggott, Arkansas, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one son, Larry Whitson Jr.; one daughter, Carolyn Whitson, and one grandson, Travis Whitson.
Survivors include seven sons, Charles Whitson and wife, Phyllis, of Tacoma, Wash., Dean Whitson and wife, Gay, of Fredricktown, Missouri, Adam Lee Whitson III and wife, Debbie, of Kennett, Missouri, Darrell Whitson of Fredricktown, Missouri, Dennis Whitson and David Whitson, both of Kennett, Missouri, and Larry Paul Whitson and wife, Dana, of Stillwater, Okla., three daughters, Mary Winston and husband, Robbie, of Kennett, Missouri, Linda Killian of Kennett, Missouri, and Kathy Garver and husband, Richard, of Qulin, Missouri, 19 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Charles James and Bro. John Liles officiating.
Burial was in the Pine City Cemetery.