Born September 9, 1919, in Bell County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Alley and Mellie Jones Alley. Mrs. Whitaker was an active and dedicated member of Southside Baptist Church where she devoted her life to teaching, singing in the choir, working with the W.M.U., and participating in the outreach ministry to the Bell County Jail.
By profession she was a hairdresser, and had owned and operated her own salon in her home on Exeter Avenue for many years.
Mrs. Whitaker is survived by her children from her previous marriage to the late James W. Jordan of Barbourville, Ky.: daughters, Joyce Jordan DeLozier, Linda Jordan Mills and husband Larry of Barbourville, Ky.; son, James V. Jordan and wife Tommie Sue of Barbourville; six grandchildren, Dana DeLozier Langford of Antioch, Tenn., Paige DeLozier Davison of W. Hartford, Conn., Darren Mills and Devin Mills of Barbourville, Ky., James W. Jordan of East Bernstadt, Ky., and Tina Jordan of Lexington, Ky.; six great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews and friends who are all saddened by the passing of this beloved woman.
Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Creech Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jay Sulfridge and the Rev. Jonathan Hendrickson presiding. Music will be provided by Larry and Karen Blondell.
Graveside services will be private.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Creech Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Music Ministry of Southside Baptist Church, 410 West Doncaster Avenue, Middlesboro, KY 40965
Online condolences and guestbook are available at www.creechfh.com.
Creech Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.