Wanda Faye Whittington, 80, of Charleston, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 in Fort Smith. She was born July 16, 1932, to Roy and Blanche Rice. She graduated from Charleston High School in 1950; after high school she attended Fort Smith Junior College and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1954. She retired after 25 years as an elementary school teacher. Faye taught elementary school in both Charleston and Waldron Public Schools. Faye was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Charleston where she taught the Kindergarten and First grade class for many years. She was a member of the “Ford” Sunday School Class and a member of the Ladies group. She also attended many Bible Study classes in recent years. Faye was a 50 year member of Eastern Star, Charleston Chapter #16 where she served as organist and Worth Grand Matron.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013. Reverend Bill Buchanan officiated and Jeanne Wells provided the music. Emily Hester and Delaney Wells, great nieces of Faye, sang a duet. She was remembered for her kindness and love by friends, former students, and family. Sylvia Bell, Marty Sikes, and Donald Wright shared in the service. Sylvia Bell spoke as a former student and friend of Faye Whittington. Marty Sikes, son-in-law of Faye, spoke for the family and told stories that the children and grandchildren remembered. One of her favorite events to plan each summer was Cousin Camp for the six grandchildren. Interment was held at Lowe’s Creek Cemetery under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Paul Whittington; three daughters, Elizabeth Passmore (Mike) of Greenwood; Margaret Meredith (Roger) of Greenbrier, AR and Jennifer Sikes (Marty) of Conway; one sister, Helen Wells (Raymond) of Charleston; and six grandchildren, Weston and Paige Passmore; Rachel and Robert Meredith and Laura and Anna Sikes.
Pallbearers were Stanley, Kendal, Mitchell, and Mason Wells, John Whittington, and Tyler Underwood.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 35, Charleston, AR 72933.