Jean Whitlock



Okolona-Nelda Jean Oliver Whitlock, 85, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at North Miss. Medical Center after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. Jean was born in Tupelo on August 2, 1932, the daughter of Talmadge and Jettie Marie Jones Oliver. She grew up in the Nettleton area and graduated from Nettleton High School in l950. She married Willie O’Neal “Billy” Whitlock in Nettleton on December 16, l950, a union that lasted 67 years. Jean and Billy enjoyed their lives together and took particular pride in their only daughter, Teresa and her family. They were longtime affiliated with the furniture industry and ran an in-house restaurant for over 20 years in her brother in law, Sid Whitlock’s Fortune Furniture Manufacturing in Okolona. For 10 years thereafter, she worked at the Mitchell Center in Tupelo where she became dear friends with so many elderly in the area. She served as Okolona’s first lady during the tenure of her husband being Mayor of Okolona between 1973-1977. Jean and Billy were faithful members of Faith Outreach in Okolona and literally traveled to all 50 states in the USA during their many years together. She dressed to the 9’s always and enjoyed cooking, sewing and shopping till she dropped. A kind, gentle soul, she will be sorely missed by family and friends.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 PM Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Adams’ Arbor Church of God of Prophecy near Charleston, MS. with her pastor, Bro. Jimmy Bryan and Bro. Phillip Pharr officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 pm at Adams’ Arbor Church, Highway 35 South, Charleston, MS. 38921 Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel is honored to be serving their friends.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Whitlock of Okolona; her daughter, Teresa Whitlock Adams and her husband, Danny of Charleston, MS.. Three grandchildren, Maria Adams Melton (Josh) , Chris Adams (Megan) and Scott Adams (Bethany). 6 great grandchildren. Her brother, Bobby Ray Oliver (Dee) of Branson, MO. A host of friends and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Doris Oliver Roebuck (Eugene) and a grandson, Jayden Adams.

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