Benson, NC: Mr. Clifton Whitman, age 86, of 1101 W. Pope Street died Thursday at the home of his daughter, Gail Whitman Gore. Funeral Service will be held 3:00PM Tuesday at the Rose & Graham Funeral Home Chapel in Benson. Officiating will be Revs. Ottis Gore, Rodney Brittain and Ken Castor. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Benson.
Mr. Whitman was born on November 8, 1931 in Harnett County to the late Eldridge Calvin and Nettie Belle Faircloth Whitman. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Lee Beasley Whitman of 58 years and his siblings; Wilbert Whitman, Thelbert Whitman, Alene Wiggins, Christine Parker, Earl Whitman and Charles Whitman. Mr. Whitman was retired from bill board advertising and umpiring baseball and softball. He also traveled and sang with The Whitman Family Singers for 26 years and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Surviving include wife of 6 years, Patricia Looper Whitman; children and spouses, Gail W. Gore and husband, Ottis, Sharon W. Hopkins and husband, James, Pamela W. Price and husband Blake; step-daughters, Tanya Looper and Gaile Brittian and husband, Rodney; grandchildren, Cliff Gore, Christy Ancheta and husband, Chris, Jessica Braswell, Rachel Braswell, James Hopkins, Jr., Alison Braswell, and Joshua Hopkins; step-grandchildren, Kathryn Hardy and husband, Ben and Rebekah Richard and husband, Anthony; great-grandchildren, Colt Ancheta and Hunter Hopkins; step-great-grandchildren, Abigail Richard and Mason Richard; many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 1:30PM to 2:30 PM Tuesday at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson and other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whitman Gore Ministries, 3600 County Line Road, Fayetteville, NC 28306.