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Harry Whitley of Foard County


Harry Whitley, 84, of Foard County, passed away Monday April 21, 2014.

Harry Whitley

Harry Whitley

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April, 24 in the Crowell Cemetery, with the Rev. Ron Fox, pastor of the Western Trails Cowboy Church of Lockett, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home of Crowell.

Mr. Whitley was born Oct. 18, 1929 in Shannon to James George and Frances Mae Webb Whitley. He married Charlotte Wanell McDonald on Oct. 4, 1950 in Paducah, a marriage that lasted 59 years. Harry began helping his father and grandfather with livestock at an early age. In his teens, he worked for Douhitt Ranch Co., Hapgood, Andrew Smith, Scheer, Halsell and other Clay County ranches. In 1947, he went to work for the W.T. Waggoner Estate. For the next few years he drifted to the Matador Land and Cattle Co., S.B. Burnett, Tom L. Burnett and Hayhooks. Together, Harry and Charlotte’s journey took them back to Burnetts, Waggoners, Howell E. Smiths, Muleshoe Cattle Co., and the Buckle L. and S J Ranch. In 1956 they moved to the Muleshoe in Archer County, and later to the Muleshoe, southwest of Henrietta. On June 1, 1964, He was hired to be the foreman of the Clay County Ranch for the Furd Halsell Estate — later the Glenn Halsell Cattle Co., where he and Charlotte lived for 17 years. They moved to Foard County in 1982 and worked on John Glenn Halsell’s Three Circle Ranch. At the time of his death, Harry had been employed by Halsells for 49 years. Roping was his passion. He once said he had been fired from more ranches for roping, than most people had worked for. He will be remembered for the good horses he rode: Murdo, Pinky, Grinner, Dunny, John, Foots, Mexican, Buddy, Ed and Buck.

He is preceded in death by his wife on March 27, 2009.

Survivors include two sons, George “Tooter Bill” Whitley and wife Penny of Thornberry, and Kevin Whitley and wife Jennifer of Margaret; two brothers, Edd Whitley of Henrietta, and Don Whitley of Pecos; one sister, Sally Jump of Iowa Park; and one granddaughter.

Memorials can be made to Amarillo SPCA and the Diabetes Association.

Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 at the Womack-Manard Funeral Home.


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