ROCKY HEAD COMMUNITY… Mr. James A. Whitehead, a resident of the Rocky Head Community, near Ariton, died late Saturday evening, June 30, 2018 at his home. He was 82.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, July 2, 2018 at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Rocky Head Community, with Reverend Joe Underwood and Reverend Bill Weed officiating. Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends following the graveside.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Olive Cemetery Fund c/o, Gerald Goodson, 1681 Highway 51, Ariton, AL 36311 or to Southern Care Hospice, 2576 Montgomery Highway, Suite 2, Dothan, AL 36301.
Mr. Whitehead, son of the late Rayvon Albert Whitehead and Rillie Mae Pipkins Whitehead, was a native of Dale County near Ariton. He was a 1954 graduate of Ariton High School. Mr. Whitehead formerly lived in Dothan, Geneva, Brewton and the Montgomery area before returning to Ariton in 2005.
He was retired from the loan company industry after fifty-five years employment and also retired from the State of Alabama Bureau of Loans as a supervisor in 2004. Mr. Whitehead was a member of Rocky Head Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Agnes Sammons.
Surviving relatives include his wife of fifty-eight years, June Smith Whitehead, Rocky Head Community; a daughter, Sandra Gamble (John), Hartselle, AL; a son, James S. Whitehead, Sr., Rocky Head Community;
three grandchildren, Jennifer Fowler (Nathan), Jessica Harpe (Jacob), and Jimmy Whitehead (Savannah Elizabeth); three great-grandchildren, Bella Fowler, Hunter Michael Whitehead, Cooper Brooke Whitehead and one great-grandchild on the way;
a brother-in-law, Gerald Sammons, Ariton.
Serving as active pallbearers will be Max Willoughby, Jimmy Whitehead, Nathan Fowler, Jake Harpe, Kevin Johnson, Gerald Goodson, and Bob Floyd.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fairlan Mobley, Don Gown, Odell Cash, and Billy Logan.
I’ve known James Whitehead for a good bit. He is the sweetheart, loving and caring. One thing I will treasure the rest of my life is that I got to have my first dance in the rain and it was with him. He would actually listen to me when I talk to him. I know he was a great husband and father. He will be deeply missed by his family, true friends and me. We love you James and can’t wait to see you again on that beautiful shore. 🤟🏼
Kathy whiteDeatsville, AL
I was only around James Albert a few times at the Logan BBQ but I always like to hear him laugh. GOD Bess the family
Mike LangfordMidland City, AL
There exists sometime an individual who occupies space in this world that when they are no longer with us, their legacy will continue to occupy that space for years to come. James Whitehead was that sort of individual. Having spent 55 years in the financial services industry I have been associated with a number of individuals who I thought a great deal of and respected for their ability and service to their fellowman. James was one of those men who earned the trust and the loyalty of everyone he came in contact with.
I remember his early days servicing his customer base with fair and reasonable loans. When the Dept. of Banking, Bureau of Loans needed an examiner, they put James on the road, representing both the consumer and the lender with honesty and adherence to the law. He was a teacher to new individuals entering the trade and always was a consumer advocate. He was promoted to Assistant Supervisor Bureau of Loans with Bob Floyd and when Bob retired James was appointed to take his place as Supervisor because of his experience and dedication to the tasks of the Department. He continued to service the Department and Bureau for years training Scott Corscadden, a young lawyer in the Bureau to take his place.
I have had the opportunity to drown some crickets with James and Bob upon Elk River before and after his retirement. He was a joy be around and a buddy in every respect. Gail and I have visited June and James down in the new home they built in Ariton and consider them to be the best of our friends. Times will not be the same with James not around but we wish him God Speed because we know he was tired and ready to be with his Lord. Job well done on this earth James, looking forward to seeing you once again.
Don and Gail
Don and Gail GowenDecatur, AL
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
Frank BowmanOpp, AL