William Floyd Whittington died Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at the G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson. He was 73.
Born in Crystal Springs, he was the son of the late Grant W. Whittington and Alma Leigh Taylor Whittington. He had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1964. Mr. Whittington served in the Army and the National Guard and was a graduate of the Officers' Training School in Fort Benning, GA.
Mr. Whittington owned and operated the Green Thumb Nursery for a number of years and was the owner and manager of the "The Hut" Restaurant prior to his retirement in 2005. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 3, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus Council 898, where he was a past grand knight and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. Mr. Whittington was a former member of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge. He was a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bobbeye Sue Whittington and Betty Lou Whittington.
He is survived by his wife, Ina Carl Lott Whittington of Vicksburg, a daughter, Rhonda Whittington of Vicksburg; a son, David Grant Whittington, (Mary "Charlie") of Vicksburg; three grandchildren, Jesica Wright, Shelby Wright and Katherine Tipton; two sisters, Carolyn Vinzant of Crystal Springs and Aletha Gibson (Joe) of Brookhaven; two brothers, Alton Whittington (Aline) of Crystal Springs and Jerry Whittington (Phillis) of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Riles Funeral Home with Monsignor Patrick Farrell, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church, officiating. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 10:000 until the service.
Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus Priests' Education Fund, P. O. Box 1003, Vicksburg, MS 39181.
Condolences can be sent to 3208 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180