Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 17, 2007
Services for Matthew Whittington, 16, of Ferriday, who died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in Ferriday, will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Vidalia Assembly of God with the Revs. Albert Fraley and Wayne Gray and Father David O’Conner officiating.
Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery, in Jigger, La., under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home, Ferriday.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Matt was born Feb. 24, 1991, in Ferriday, the son of Dennis and Judy Whittington. He was a sophomore at Cathedral High School in Natchez. He was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, following in his brother Daniel’s footsteps. He was a member of the football team at Cathedral. Something that was not widely known is that Matt loved to write and he was recognized by the DAR for his outstanding writings. Matt was a very diverse child. He went to the Baptist Church, the Assembly of God and attended a Catholic school. That showed his love for all people. A unique light has been taken from our lives and we will be forever changed. He was a good natured son, brother, nephew and friend who will be forever loved and missed.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Earnestine Whittington; and maternal grandparents, Floy and Ezell Berry.
Survivors include his parents, Dennis and Judy Whittington of Ferriday; brother, Daniel Whittington and wife, Mallory, of Shreveport; aunts, Wanda Durham and husband, Ferris, Kathy Newman and husband, Ernie, Wanda Britt and husband, Ken, and Pam Evans and husband, Jerry; uncles, Scottie Whittington and wife, Cathy, Lanie Whittington and wife, Angel, Chris Berry, and Don Berry and wife, Carol.
Pallbearers will be Bryant Whittington, Jacob Lancaster, Max Jackson, Michael Dekerlegend, Jared Price, Stowers Mohon and Josh Gamberi.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gentry Murray, Tessa Murray, Kristy Britt, Courtney Britt, Jennifer Berry, Aliesha Berry, Kristen Johnson, Brittany Whittington, Emma Whittington, Julia Whittington, Maddison Whittington, Nicholas Whittington, Allison Willard, Natalie Whittington, Eric Guillot, Jake Newman, Sam Newman, Tyson Durham, Hunter Walsworth and Rutger Walsworth.