Whitney Dawn DeVane, a resident of Dothan, died Thursday, February 7, 2019 in a Birmingham hospital. She was 25.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, February 11, 2019 in Covenant United Methodist Church, 3610 West Main Street, Dothan with Reverend Kyle Gatlin officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory, between Dothan and Headland. Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 11:00 A.M. Monday in the church sanctuary.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made a memorial fund c/o Ameris Bank, 3299 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, AL 36301.
Whitney was born September 20, 1993 in Dothan and attended preschool at First Presbyterian Church. She completed her entire school years at Providence Christian School where she played volleyball and was chosen as one of the Dothan Eagle Super 12 Volleyball players of the Wiregrass. She was an A/B honor roll student during her school years. After graduation from high school, she attended Troy University where she studied Media Marketing and Global Business. Whitney has been working in finance and banking with Ameris Bank in Dothan as a personal banker.
From the volleyball court to the pageant world, Whitney’s pageant career began with Miss Houston County in 2011-2012. In 2012, the most unexpected thing happened when she was named Miss National Peanut Festival Queen. The memories made and the people she met during that year taught her so much. She lived everyday by the motto of “make memories”. In 2013, she won Miss Alabama International and represented Alabama at the Miss International Pageant in Jacksonville, FL. In 2017, Whitney was asked to participate in Dancing with the Stars in Dothan.
Whitney not only was a pageant queen, she was a certified NRA Firearms Instructor, and loved everything outdoors. She was a very well-rounded young lady and lived life to the absolute fullest in her short twenty-five years. In 2018, Whitney was selected to participate in Leadership Dothan and she was sponsored by Ameris Bank. She attended Covenant United Methodist Church. Whitney was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Jesse Leon DeVane and maternal uncle, Billy Wayne Towson, Jr.
Surviving relatives include her parents, Stan and Deborah Townson DeVane, Dothan; fiance’, Tyler Jordan and his daughter, Collyns Jordan; paternal grandmother, Joy DeVane, Kinsey; paternal aunt, Pam and Tommy Merritt; maternal grandparents, Billy and Lynoitte Townson; maternal aunts, Sheila and Roger Eib and Sandy and Larry Gasser; her sister, Donna DeVane, brother, Stanley Reed DeVane; nephews, Rylee DeVane and Brantley DeVane; many beloved cousins.
You are missed so much. Its hard to go to the bank and not see your beautiful smile.I'll miss our little quick chats about the horses and the gold fish. You had the best candy on your desk. My sweetie learned about buying roses for me because of your sweetie always sending you beautiful roses. Rest well Whitney. Gone but not forgotten.
Lorraine WalkerHeadland, AL
Stan, I don't think you would remember me but I knew from the 1983/84 years of Troy University Criminal Justice classes with Mr. Sage Lewis and Jack Farmer. I offer my total and complete sympathy for your loss. Having gone through this, I know the heartbreak and the incredible grief. I found solace in the promise that we will be reunited and I pray you will as well. May God bless you and your family.
Drayton RobinettePanama City Beach, FL
My deepest heartfelt sympathies and condolences. Whitney was an amazing person. As a member of leadership Dothan class 37 she will be greatly missed. Her smile, energy and huge heart is a model to be followed in this community. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered.
Justin L JacksonDothan, AL
Our deepest sympathy, love & prayers to beautiful Whitney's family & friends. To know her was to love her for sure! Her smile could light up your darkest days! She has left a legacy that will live on forever by the story she wrote in the chapters of her short life of just 25 years. She touched the lives of many & will forever be remembered, loved & missed so much! Prayers for comfort & peace to her sweet family! 💚😢🙏👑🥜 Fly high beautiful angel Whitney! We love you & will miss you! 💗Amy, little Madison Rae & Victoria Grace Hudson~MIss New Brockton 2015👑🥜
Amy HudsonNew Brockton, AL
Whitney, you were such a positive light in everyone's life. There's no doubt that you will do the same in the presence of our heavenly father. You will be dearly missed by all, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to have you in our lives. Rest peacefully.
The Skipper FamilyDothan, AL
My condolences and prayers go out to the Devane family. I've known Whitney less than a year. We were apart of the same Leadership Dothan (37) class, and I had the privilege to share a few cool moments with such a beautiful person. She was extremely kind and always smiling.
I remember we were both late circling in the parking lot trying to find the Rotary Hall at Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center. When we finally found it, I complimented her classic cherry red corvette. I think it had "Devane" on the plates. She had her shades on looking too cool 😎 I share just a couple of memories, but I can imagine the impact she's had on her friends and family. There's no doubt in my heart she was a believer in Christ. It was apparent from the jump.
My prayers go to her family, fiance and friends. And cheers to you Whitney, for you are now present with the Lord!!
Desmond DouglasDothan, AL
Dear family and friends of Whitney, I am truly sorry about your loss. She was a beautiful lady and I know you will miss her very much. The Bible promises a wonderful hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. The scriptures found at John 5:28,29 and Acts 24:15 promise that our loved ones will live again! May the God of all comfort and tender mercies Jehovah sustain you in this difficult time. (Psalms 83:18;2Corinthians 1:3,4) www.jw.org
Tammy CrawfordElba, AL
Joy, Larry and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We were so saddened to hear about Whitney and know what a devastating loss has occurred. We wish you all brighter days ahead with happy memories to lift your hearts. We never completely lose those we love so much. Love and prayers to all of you.
Celeste KirklandDothan, AL
Dear Stan,Debbie and Family, so very sorry about Whitney. Prayers to your family and may God Bless and comfort all of you. Deborah Snell.
Deborah SnellDothan, AL
My thoughts and prayers are with you during the coming days. Just remember that Whitney got her wings and she has been sitting at Jesus feet. She is not sick or in pain anymore. Just remember to lean on Jesus and he will get you through.
Gail RollinsAbbeville, AL
My heart goes out to you all during this difficult season. I wanted to thank you , Stan and Deborah, for allowing me to be a small part of your daughters life. My sweet memories of Whitney in my second grade class have brought smiles to me. She had a heart of gold and loved everyone she met. I can see she carried that precious trait with her as she grew. You are in my prayers and know your daughter was a blessing to everyone she came in contact with. She will be greatly missed. May God comfort and bless you.
Camala FlattEufaula, AL
I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter, granddaughter, and niece. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Shelaine SmithDothan, AL
We only knew here from Ameris Bank but she was a wonderful helpful person. Our condolences to her family.
James & Dolores MartinDothan, AL
I want to send my deepest heartfelt sympathy. I hope God wraps his arms around you in these coming days, months, years. You are all in my prayers and know i am thinking of you!!! I tried to make the services had a car issue and turned around. I am so sorry I was unable to convey my condolences in person My heart is with y’all Love and prayers for you all
Carol TownsonBoaz, AL
How special of a young woman to have touched so many lives and brought joy to so many people. May the thought of her infectious smile continue to touch and impact the lives of others in a positive way. Praying comfort for your family during this time of loss. Revelations21:5 “I am making everything new”
Jessica WellsDothan, AL
Our hearts are breaking. I want so much to be there to hug you and Lynn and Bill and just weep with you because there are no words. Praying the Heavenly Comforter will carry you through this dark valley where no other one can go with you. We will remember and pray for you always and know that someday you will see her again and know the reason why.
All our love, Judy and Jim
Judy DockeryEvansville, IN
“She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.” Proverbs 3:18
I will hold fast to the memories of this truly beautiful soul. Proud to have been one of your Miss NPF committee members, Whitney! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, always. 💚 Miss Ami
Ami BatchelorMebane, NC
Praying for family.
Sharon RodgersDothan, AL
Stan & Debbie, My heart just breaks for you! What a firecracker Whitney was! She made those long campaign days so much fun! So blessed to have known her. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You!
Christy BrowningDothan, AL
To the DeVane family I never knew Whitney, as for i will say I'm deeply sorry.... God needed her more 🙏 so he could heal her and keep her safe...God bless the family and friends!!!!
Heather Cokermidland city, AL
Whitney was a bright light where ever she went. She will be greatly missed. I am Praying that God will carry you through this very difficult time. We will continue to keep you lifted up in Prayer in the days ahead. Nina Brannon
Nina BrannonHartford, AL
There are no words to describe the love I had for a friend like Whitney. Her beautiful smile, spirit, and love will be truly missed by our Family. I wish her parents , Tyler and Daughter my sincerest condolences. I will continue to pray for you in this time of sorrow. Please remember God is carrying you through these difficult days.
The Brown FamilyDothan, AL
Stan, Deborah and all your family, I am praying that some how you will find peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Janice GreenHeadland, AL
We are so sad to hear the loss of beautiful and sweet Whitney. She was such a remarkable woman and had such a delightful spirit. She will be forever missed. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with all of you.
Stan and Carla WestDothan, AL
A beautiful woman taken too soon ......may she soar with the angels
cynthia a margettawaukesha, WI
I personally did not have the pleasure of knowing Whitney. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I pray they can find some peace and comfort. GOD BLESS
Shirley HughesSlocomb, AL
Nocona BrackinCottonwood, AL
Beautiful Whitney, I remember going to see you when you were born. You were beautiful and your Mom and Dad were so proud.! You did great things and brought such joy to the lives of all that knew you.
We are praying for your family and will see you on the other side.
Charlotte and John GormleyDothan, AL
The Lord has gained another Angel 😇 Fly High Whitney but fly close to those who love you. Rest In Peace Beautiful
Julia LeFebvreDothan, AL
I am praying for your family. I followed your journey and have been praying.
Tracy GissendanerEufaula, AL
The loss of your beautiful light is so heartbreaking . Rest in peace Whit whit you are so dearly loves
Michelle maddenDothan, AL
Stan and Debbie so sorry about Whitney prayers for you. I like some others know the pain you are feeling and my heart aches for you.
Wanda EckenrothDothan, AL
My heart is completely broken.
You sweet girl had the most kindhearted, loving soul. Anyone that knew you loved you. You could put a smile on anyone’s face. The first night I met you years ago we talked, & danced @Toad Lick like we’d known each other for years. I will always treasure those memories.
Praying for your family, & all of your friends sweet girl.
You’ll be forever missed, but we will see you again some day.💚💚
Hayli SalisburyDothan, AL
Stan & Debra, We are so sorry to hear about Whitney. Our hearts are breaking for you. We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. If there is anything we can do for you please let us know.
Mike & Carol RobertsDothan, AL
The world has lost an amazing young lady. Whit was such a positive influence for our daughter Mary Katherine. We will hold onto the laughs & memories forever. Thank you Whit for being a part of our family, we are better people by having you in our lives. Stan & Debbie there are no words that I can write to ease the pain. Just know we cared deeply for your daughter. Thank you for sharing her with us. She will be truly missed by everyone who knew her. Rest in peace Dothan's princess!
Wes ChapmanDothan, AL
Whit your beautiful soul will be so missed .... I hate our path weren’t closer together ... Rylee will always love and miss his Aunt WhitWhit .... Fly high beautiful angel .... 💚💚💚
Traci DeVaneDothan, AL
As long as I got to know Whitney Devane, she had always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. There was never a full moment with her. She had such a beautiful soul and loved God with everything in her. I was very blessed to call her one of my good friends! Whitney you will forever hold a special place in my heart and you will be missed by so many. I love you lots! I know you are walking the pearly Gates of Heaven now. Your time on Earth was cherished deeply. Thank you for being such a bright soul and for having such a BIG heart! And to ALL of the family I hope you may find peace in the days to come and sorry for the loss of this beautiful soul.💚
Jessica BridgesDothan, AL
The crown you wear now shines brighter than any you have before. Thank you for always being an uplifting soul and making such an impact on this world. There are no words to describe how much you will be missed...All the love in the world to your sweet family.
Until we meet again.
Miss Early County 2013💚
Taylor WilliamsBlakely, GA
Prayers and blessings be with you.
Gene and Joyce RileyDothan, AL
Whitney, Class 37 will miss you. I hope you are at peace now. Your wit and charm will be sorely missed at our meetings. Go red team!
Drew ColemanDothan, AL
Our hearts are broken over the loss of Whitney. This world was a better place because of the love she showed so many others. Our love an prayers are with you all.
John an Kim ContiElberta, AL
I'm so sorry for your loss. There's not I can can say except this is a great loss. I will continue 🙌👏🙏🙇 for your family. God bless your family
Sarah J LarsenDothan, AL
i have no words to say its heartbreaking just know that y all are in our thoughts and prayers
Lee TrammellNavarre, FL
I am so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family at this time and always. Whit was the nicest, most genuine and caring person I have ever met. Her smile, laughter and affection was contagious. I am a better person for knowing her. Love you always Whit!
Kim GossageDothan, AL
We are sorry for your loss of such a beautiful young lady. You are in our prayers.
John and Teresa JordanSkipperville, AL
To Whitney, from the remaining 36, you will forever be that beautiful angel from God whose irrepressible inner light unfailingly radiates around you, wherever you go, and with whomever God blesses to be in your ennobling presence. Go Red Team!
Richard VossDothan, AL
STAN AND DEBRA MY HEART GOES OUT TO YALL AND ALSO MY PRAYERS WE LOVE YOU GUYS.
RICKY OUTLAWDothan, AL
God Bless the Devanes
cletis wilsondothan, AL
Prayers to all the Devane and Townson family.
Carol BradyEvansville, IN
Thoughts and prayers to all of the family. May God bless you all.
Alex HelmsEnterprise, AL
Condolences from The Gulf Coast of Alabama! Our prayers are with your family!
South Baldwin CountyElberta, AL
Stanley I am so sorry to hear about your daughter, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family as you go through this rough time. God bless you and your family.
Steve AdamsD, AL
I am so sorry for your loss, Whitney was the friendly and most beautiful young lady I've had the pleasure of knowing. She will be missed but she is in heaven enjoying Jesus and her grand-dad Jessie.I will keep you in my prayers. God bless the whole family always.
Annie Smith PetermanDothan, AL
Deborah and Stan, my heart breaks for you and your family as well as the extended families and friends of Whitney! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Carla BrownDothan, AL
Whit, you have shined your light into so many lives while you were here with us. I cannot even find the words to say to show how special and how important your purpose was here in this world. From the moment I met you, I knew we would instantly click, and we did. You told me, “One day Elle you will be Miss Peanut, you will walk across that stage and make us proud,” and even though I didn’t go that route you still cheered me on in every milestone I took in my life. Having Laura become Miss Peanut and taking over her responsibilities in Houston County, I was sad and lost and didn’t know if I could do it, but you always, always showed me I could no matter what. You ARE and will ALWAYS be our Miss Houston County & Miss Peanut. Thank you for showing how strong of a person I can be and how amazing my life is now that i’ve met you. You are forever in our hearts Whit. We love you.
Mary Ellen NicholsAuburn, AL
I am so sorry for your great loss. I pray that God will put peace and comfort in your heart. May God bless you and your family.
Tommy OutlawDothan, AL
My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you, may God give you the strength and courage to remain strong and full of faith these next several days....Whitney will ALWAYS be such an inspiration to so many and her kindness and love to see the best in each of us will never be forgotten.....
Jessica StanleyOzark, AL
Sweet Whitney. My heart is broken. I will always remember your smile. You were a friend. Cheering Blaedyn on at his soccer games, his face would always light up when he saw “Mitney” and wrapped his little arms around your neck, being there to carve his first pumpkin. And us laughing cause he thought it was gross. Coming to see us when Beighler was born just so you could hold the other love of our lives. Your momma told me today you always thought the world of me but honestly the world thought so much more about you. You would have been the most beautiful bride. You will be missed. While you may not have been healed here on this earth you are healed in Heaven with your Creator. Love you Whit!!! 💚💚💚
Ashley WinnettDothan, AL
Whitney your heart and beautiful soul are woven into the lives of so many. You touched so many peoples hearts and your light shines still as bright as the sun. And always will.
Courtney WhiteheadDothan, AL
so sorry for the loss of a precious child,heaven gained another another angel.praying for the family
melba and ted yeomansmidland city, AL
SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. REST IN PECE WHITNEY
bonnie germanozark, AL
Rest in Peace sweet Whitney. Praying for her Parents. I met Whitney when she was Miss Peanut. We became friends on Facebook after that. I told her she would be the best Peanut Queen ever because of her big smile and even bigger heart. Heaven gained another truly beautiful Angel.
Cynthia DeeseDothan, AL