Tupelo – Mrs. Vera Morris Whitlock, 89, died Monday April 3, 2017 at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended illness. Vera was born in Payne County Oklahoma on January 6, 1928 to Troy and Edna Morris. When she was 2 years old, the family moved to the Richmond Community of Lee Co., MS where she grew up. She attended Plantersville School until 10th grade when she moved to Nettleton to finish high school in l946. Vera married Ottis Whitlock on Oct 25th, 1946 and they had 3 children, Phyllis W. Warren, Donna Whitlock and Becky W. Harper. Vera raised her children in Nettleton and was a faithful member of the Nettleton First Baptist Church for many years. She retired as a representative at Rochester Midland Corporation. After retirement, she took care of sick and elderly people in their homes, which became the most gratifying part of her work life. After moving to Tupelo, she and her family attended East Heights Baptist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and was a faithful and devoted prayer warrior. Vera, at her death, had taught Sunday school for 70 years. She was a sweetheart, a gentle soul and an encourager of people from all walks of life.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 6 PM Today (Tue. 4/4/17) at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her pastor, Rev. Dr. Tim Brown and Dr. Tim Williams officiating. Gwyn Berryhill and Bill Campbell will deliver eulogies. Visitation will be from 4 PM today-service time. Private burial will be in the Whitlock Family Plot at Liberty Cemetery near Nettleton. Holland-Tupelo Chapel is honored to be assisting the family.
She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis and Donna of the home; one brother, Marlin Morris of Suffolk, VA; 4 grandchildren, Amy Windham (Rodney), Glenn Warren, Nicole Benjamin (Chip), and Dustin Harper (Nikki); 8 great-grandchildren, Megan, Joseph, Brittany, Harper, Tripp, Aiden, Statton, and Cruze; 1 great-great grandchild, Vera Kate and one on the way; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ottis in l958, her daughter, Becky in l983 and her siblings; Leonard Morris, Fannie Sue Morris, Verda May Morris, Winfred Morris, John Morris, and Vivian Hudson.
Pallbearers will be Chip Benjamin, Justin Parson, Joseph Whitlock, Dustin Harper, Rodney Windham, Bud Harlow, and Bobby Harper. Honorary pallbearers will be the Willing Workers- Vera Whitlock Sunday School class at East Heights Baptist Church.
Memorials may be sent to East Heights Baptist Church, 205 Lake Street, Tupelo, MS 38804 or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38803. Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Submitted by Lowanda Lee on Apr 20 2017 06:21:03 PM
Ms Whitlock was one of the sweetest and strongest women I've ever know. In both my professional and personal life as her neighbor, I came to know of the many hardships she dealt with in her life and always took each one head on with faith and God's help.She was always so sweet and kind to me and my son, Travers. I pray comfort and peace for you Phyllis, Donna, Megan, Joseph, and all the rest of your family. She was a great lady. I'll never forget her!
Submitted by J. Barry Bray on Apr 5 2017 10:40:22 AM
One of the most wonderful person from my teens years. She always took care of us girls. Love you Mrs Vera
Submitted by Cathy Estes Edwards on Apr 4 2017 08:38:02 PM
Ms Vera was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever know. I know she will be missed by many family and friends. Prayers and love sent to your family.
Submitted by Nancy and Roger Davis on Apr 4 2017 04:37:32 PM
It was a joy to have known Ms Vera when we were at East Heights! She will be truly missed but happy she is now free of pain & suffering & now walking with Jesus.. we are praying for peace & comfort for the family,
Love, Jerry & Priscilla
Submitted by Jerry and Priscilla King on Apr 4 2017 03:07:13 PM
Sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort.
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