Memorial services for the Rev. Vernon W. Whitmore Jr., 88, Lawrence, will be at 11 am Friday at 360 Church, 3200 Clinton Parkway, with the Rev. Rick Burwick officiating. The family will receive friends following the service, and a private inurnment will be at a later date.
The Rev. Whitmore died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Medicalodges Eudora, where he had been a resident for the past year.
He was born Nov. 30, 1925, in Pittsburg, Kan., the son of Vernon Sr. and Velma May Whitmore. He graduated from Pittsburg High School, served honorably in the United States Navy, and later attended Central Bible Institute for 3.5 years. Rev. Whitmore was a senior pastor in the Kansas district of the Assemblies of God for over 55 years. He pastored in Beloit, Ness City, Kensington, Sedan, Coldwater, Haysville, Lyndon, Cheney, Edna, Anthony, Bethel-Wichita, Sterling, and Crystal Springs. Throughout his pastorates, he worked additionally at various grocery and hardware stores and schools.
He married Vera Helen Buford on June 23, 1946, at the First Assembly of God Church in Pittsburg. She preceded him in death in 2005.
Survivors include a son, Tim Whitmore and wife Ellene, Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Rebekah S. Rice and Deb Hall and husband Jim, all of Lawrence; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Roger Whitmore at age 6, a sister, Beulah Whitmore at birth, and a granddaughter, Kelsey Kaylyn Hall, at age 19.
Memorial contributions are suggested to 360 Church, 3200 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS, 66047.
Messages & Condolences
To the Whitmore family
So sorry to hear of your fathers death. We have many memories of Vernon and Helen while they were with us at Crystal Springs. We are remembering you today and sharing in your sorrow of losing you father We lift you in prayer and rejoice with you in Vernon reaching his Heavenly home.
Crystal Springs Cong
Hello Deb and Rebekah and family,
Please know that one of my favorite people at the church was your dear dad. He had such humor and was full of the spirit of the Lord. This is an earthly loss but heaven’s gain and he is now walking the streets of glory. What a wonderful reunion. Will be praying for you in the coming days. God bless you all. Betty
Dearest Whitmore family I am saddened by your earthly loss but rejoicing by the Heavenly gain! Oh what a day that will be when family reunites with loved ones in glory land. Until then we know that the Holy Spirit who is faithful will comfort and guard all of your hearts. The Gaddys and The Lighthouse are praying for all of you and for the service on Friday. I have to conduct a funeral on Friday so I will not be able to attend the service. I loved and appreciated Bro.Vernon and Sister Helen very much. It was such a blessing to my personal life and ministry when the Whitmores lived in Pittsburg and worshipped for a time at Lighthouse and preached the word for us.
Sincerely, Bro. Daryl and Sis. Diane
Condolences to Tim, Becky and Deb . . . love you all my dear cousins and pray God’s blessing to comfort you in this time of loss. Heaven’s sounding sweeter all the time. Love you and hope to see you at the service on Friday. Hugs, Sherry.
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