Betty Lou Whitman, 86 of Gaylord, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at The Brook. She was born November 30, 1932 in Logan, WV, the daughter of William and Virginia (Sansom) Black.
For many years, Betty and her husband owned and operated several NAPA Auto Part Stores in southern West Virginia. She was a member of Logan Church of the Nazarene in Logan, WV and Victory Church of the Nazarene in St. Petersburg, FL. After living in St. Petersburg, Betty moved to Gaylord, MI.
She is survived by two children, Michael (Brenda) Whitman of Largo, FL and Denise (John) Makranyi of Gaylord; grandchildren, Melissa (Andrew) MacDonald of Mounds View, MN, Erika Whitman of Philadelphia, PA, Meghan (Austin) Spires of Gaylord, Scotty (Jen) Nelms of Mineral, VA, Nick Nelms of Seminole, FL; great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Conner and Jacqueline and several beloved nieces and nephews. As the matriarch, her greatest pride and joy was her family. Betty was a friend to all who knew her, and she had an extraordinary gift of making everyone feel special.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Keefer Whitman as well as four brothers Paul, Henry, Robert and William Black and one sister, Mildred McNeely.
Visitation will take place Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Akers-James Funeral Home in Logan, West Virginia. Funeral services will take place Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery where she will be interred with her husband, Keefer. In lieu of flowers, those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to Logan Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 1410, Logan, WV 25601. Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at www.gaylordfuneralhome.com