The world lost one of its most gentle souls on August 6 2017, with the sudden passing of Mel Allen Whitney, age 65, of Jacksonville AR.
While outwardly quiet, Mel was a strong man who exuded kindness and found great joy in making the people around him happy. He maintained a positive attitude through any challenge placed before him, creating an aura of contentment that put everyone at ease.
Born December 19, 1951 in NE AR, Mel grew up an avid duck hunter and willing to share his love of the sport with anyone wanting to hunt.
He is survived by his spouse of 38 years, Jan Farmer Whitney of Jacksonville, parents Charles and Mimah (Willcockson) Whitney of Dixie, AR, sister Dana (Larry) Hooten of Paragould, AR, sister-in-law Louise (Joe) Younce of Flint MI and brother-in-law Jerry (Kay) Farmer of Alexander, AR. Nieces and nephews Mica Lea Gibson, Moody Younce, Kim (Gary) Swisher, Joni Younce, Jill (Roger) Tate, and Jonathan (Megan) Farmer. Great nieces and nephews Levi Gibson, Emily Gibson, Mandi Cross, Robbie Cross, DJ (Angie) Hatchew, Melanie (Matthew) Wilder, Marissa Tate, Gabriella Younce and nine great-great nieces and nephews.
Cremation services are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, Jacksonville, Arkansas.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, August 10,2017 at 2:00 P.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, Jacksonville, Arkansas.
A reception following the service will be held at McArthur Church 3501 John Hardin Drive
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jacksonville Friends of the Animals 217 S Redman Rd. Jacksonville, AR 72076. www.jacksonvillefriendsoftheanimals.org