Mr. Gerald Garland Whitten, 84, of Adamsville passed away Monday June 20, 2022 at Adamsville Healthcare.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Little Hatchie Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Charles Whitten and Elder Steve Leggett officiating.
Burial will follow at Little Hatchie Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue Chapel from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 1-2 p.m. service time Thursday at the church.
He was born Sept. 22, 1937 in McNairy County and reared in Chester County the son of the late Nathan Elver and Wilma Gertrude Hurst Whitten. He graduated from Chester County High School in 1957.
After graduation he served in the Air Force for a brief period of time. He worked at Hunter Fan in Memphis, Milan Arsenal and then Sonoco in Henderson.
He married Donna Chandler in 1995. He worked at Proctor and Gamble in Jackson until he retired. He made his home in Adamsville since 1997.
After he retired he loved playing golf. He attended bird dog trails at Ames Plantation. He enjoyed bird hunting. He loved college football and was a UT fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR.
He had been a member at Little Hatchie Primitive Baptist Church for over 50 years and often led congregational singing.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Chandler Whitten; daughter, Robin Galvan of Houston, Texas; two stepdaughters, Kim Marshall and Amy Marshall; a brother, Charles Whitten of Jackson; one grandchild, Ashley Zimmerman; and two great-grandchildren, Mekhi and Zayden.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice Etta Whitten.