Durwood Whitefield passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at home in Kerrville with his wife at his bedside.
Durwood was the only child of Orville Whitefield and Rachel Harper Whitefield. He was born in Sweetwater, TX, on July 1, 1929.
After graduating from high school in Sweetwater in 1947, Durwood served two years in the U.S. Army. He then worked his way through Sul Ross State College, Alpine, TX, receiving his Bachelor of science degree in geology in 1958. Durwood met his wife, Earlene Anderson, while in college. They were married March 27, 1959, in Alpine, TX.
Durwood worked for several geophysical companies, then after 18 years working for Coastal Corporation in Houston and Corpus Christi, he retired. He worked all over the world and thoroughly enjoyed his work.
In retirement, he was active in the Native Plant Society of Texas. He attended non-denomination Tuesday night Bible study for 15 years at the First United Methodist Church, Kerrville, TX, where he was an associate member. He was a member of Central Faith Baptist Church, San Angelo, TX.
Durwood was preceded in death by his mother; by his father; and by his half-sister, Geneva.
Durwood is survived by his wife, Earlene; and by his three sons, Paul Whitefield of Flagstaff, AZ, Steven Whitefield (Irene) of Bandera and Andy Whitefield of Kingman, AZ; grandchildren, Travis and Chelsea of Bandera; two step grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren; sister, Wanda Brown (Spencer) of Kerrville; half-brothers, Joe Whitefield and Jim Whitefield; and another half-brother, Dale Butler.
Durwood loved his children and his grandchildren dearly. He loved his friends and he was a good friend to have.
Despite his 15 year battle against congestive heart failure and seven years with Parkinson’s Disease, neither slowed him down until the last few months. He never complained nor felt sorry for himself.
The family wishes to thank his many excellent doctors for their loving care and for their friendship. Also, much praise goes to Odyssey Hospice for making Durwood’s last four months enjoyable. Above all, we give thanks to God for His love and His mercy.
Visitation, closed casket, will be Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Grimes Funeral Chapels, from 5-7 p.m.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Yoakum County Cemetery, Plains, TX, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Gerald Clark of Central Faith Baptist Church, San Angelo, TX, officiating.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville, TX.