Robert LeRoy Whitener, 81, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Caruthersville Nursing Center in Caruthersville, Mo.
He was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Fredericktown, Mo., to LeRoy Whitener and Vivian Rond Whitener. On Feb. 21, 1947, in Piggott, Ark., he married Mary Frances Martin.
Robert was a lifelong resident of the Hayti, Mo. area. He graduated from Hayti High School and attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo. He was a devoted husband and father and took great pride in his family. Robert was a farmer and attended the Presbyterian Church. He was active in various activities around Hayti but was especially proud of his work with the local Boy Scouts and Little League Baseball Association. Through his work with the Boy Scouts, Robert was appointed to the Order of the Arrow and later received the Boy Scouts highest civilian award, the Silver Beaver. He was instrumental in the formation of the local Little League program and could be counted on to assist the youth of Hayti in numerous other projects. He served on the Pemiscot Memorial Health System Board and was on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Hayti. Robert was loved and respected by everyone he came in contact with and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Survivors include the love of his life, his wife of 64 years, Mary Frances; a daughter, Cara Lee Peterson; a son, Glen Whitener and wife, Connie; a sister, Harriet Ann Dean; a brother, Claude L. Whitener; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and numerous relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lynn Thompson, and his parents LeRoy and Vivian Whitener.
Graveside services were held Sunday, April 3, in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Hayti with Rev. Dr. Paul Currie and Rev. Rickey Lyle officiating.
Pallbearers were Jared Gurley, Justin Schroeder, Ed Reeves, Matthew Pierce, Robert H. Whitener and John Clyde Thompson.
H.S. Smith Funeral Home in Caruthersville was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Boy Scouts of America.