Joe Ben Whitaker, 84, of Henrietta, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 in Bowie.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3 at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta with Jack Stevens of Kamay and Rev. Howard Walker of Henrietta, officiating. Burial will be in the Hope Cemetery in Henrietta under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.
Mr. Whitaker was born July 29, 1930 in Throckmorton County to Ben and Lora (Wainscott) Whitaker. He graduated high school in Henrietta. He was a lifetime Clay County rancher, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. The Whitakers began Ranching at Jolly in 1934. Joe Ben married Poodle Moore on Feb. 24, 1951 in Henrietta. He served on the Little Wichita Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors for 22 years and chaired the board 10 years. Joe Ben also served two terms on the board of the Henrietta Independent School District. He was a member of the Nine Man Board from 1970-1973 and again from 1980-1983, he served as Chairman of the Board in 1982-1983. He served as the 71st annual Clay County Pioneer Reunion and Rodeo President. In 1989 the Whitakers were selected as the outstanding family in agriculture by the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce.
He is preceded in death by his wife Poodle Whitaker, and brother Alf Whitaker.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Dean and husband Tony of Jacksboro, and Jill Matus and husband Ray of Bowie; one sister-In-Law, June Trent of Henrietta; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890 Amarillo, Texas 79174-0001; or the Clay County Junior Livestock Association, P.O. Box 91, Henrietta, Texas 76365.