Marie Whitehead, age 84, of Western Grove, Arkansas, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, in Springfield, Missouri. She was born September 3, 1927, in Manning, Texas, the daughter of Carson A. and Hazel (Horton) Ricks. Along with her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her two brothers, Linwood and Larry Ricks; two sisters, Geneva (Ricks) Raley and Joyce (Ricks) Winder; a great-granddaughter, Jaden Marie Whitehead; and a grandson, Luke Whitehead.
Mrs. Whitehead was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas. "ReRe" devoted her life to her family and friends. She was always there to lend a hand to all who needed it. She loved taking care of her horses, dogs, and her flowers. She also enjoyed fishing, dominos and spending time outdoors.
Marie is survived by her husband, Jewel B. “JB” Whitehead, of the home; her son, Jerry B. Whitehead, of Western Grove, Arkansas; her daughter, Vina Frances “Vicky” (Whitehead) Rice, of Oak Grove, Arkansas; her sisters, Lola (Ricks) Day of Orange, Texas, Wilma (Ricks) Permenter of Lufkin, Texas, and Opal (Ricks)Whitehead of Lufkin, Texas; along with her brother, Charles A. Ricks of Orange, Texas. She has four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Monday, May 14, 2012, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.
Services were Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home with burial at Jaden’s Memorial Garden.
Pallbearers were Shane Walton, Cecil Whitehead, Wes Phillips, Travis Whitehead, Justin Martin and Derek Martin.
Honorary Pallbearers were Robert Rice, Eric Street, Melvin Bridges, Jimmy Raley, Carl Kidd and Dale Robinson.