Monday, June 27, 2016

Mrs. Ruth VanLandingham Whitt

Mrs. Ruth VanLandingham Whitt, 82, of Cleveland, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016, at Bolivar Medical Center Long Term Care. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at Ray Funeral Home. Celebration of Life services will immediately follow beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at Ray Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Breland officiating. Interment will be in Shelby Cemetery beside her beloved husband & Son.

Mrs. Whitt was born in Attala County, MS on October 7, 1933, to Samuel Blanton VanLandingham and Maudie Opal Mayo VanLandingham. She graduated from Louisville High School & attended Delta State College where she received an Associate Degree in Business Administration.
On October 19, 1957, Ruth married the love of her life, Robert Stanley “Stan” Whitt, Sr. in Rosedale, MS. They had one son, Robert Stanley (Robby) Whitt Jr.

Mrs. Whitt worked for 30 years in the Banking Industry. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, the Joy Sunday School Class, the DSU Seniors Exercise Club & a member of the Rosedale Homemakers Club. She was an avid reader, gardener, a wonderful cook & an exceptional homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was very interested in the lives or her nieces & nephews and delighted in spending time with them & keeping up with their many activities & accomplishments. She also loved to fish.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Blanton VanLandingham and Maudie Opal Mayo VanLandingham; husband, Robert Stanley “Stan” Whitt. Sr.; her son, Robert Stanley “Robby” Whitt, Jr; Brothers-in-Law, Lester Griffin, Eugene Bruce & Gilmer Tharp.

Mrs. Whitt is survived by her siblings, Vernece V. Bruce of Louisville, MS, Perlene V. Tharp of Stewart, MS, Joyce V. Griffin of Cleveland, MS, Bernard VanLandingham (Brenda) of Louisville, MS, Brenda VanLandingham Bailey (Steve) of Donalsonville, GA. Ronnie VanLandingham (Ethel) of Monticello, AR; daughter-in-law, Vicki Brooke of Cleveland, MS; Her Whitt family: Rachel Whitt Wicker (Herbert ,deceased), Dalton Whitt (Becky), Freda Whitt Harris, Burl Whitt (Fran), Linda Whitt Adair (Rick), Kathy Whitt Johnson; and an abundant number of beloved nieces and nephews on both sides.

Serving as Pallbearers are Lester Griffin, Van Tharp, Chris VanLandingham, Barry VanLandingham, Michael Ingle, Todd Trawick, Chad Green, and Neal Gregory. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike McQueary, Josh Mitchell, Robby Trawick, Aaron Stovall, Bryan Olivi, Nash VanLandingham, Quincy VanLandingham, and Ethan VanLandingham.

In memory of Mrs. Whitt, the family requests that donations be made to The Mississippi Baptist Children’s Home 118 Lowe Rd. Laurel, MS 39443.