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Anita Inez Whitlatch
March 14, 1939 - October 28, 2019

Mrs. Anita Inez Talbot Whitlatch, 80, of Trumann passed from this life into the arms of her Savior on October 28, 2019. She was a lifetime resident of Trumann and attended Trumann Schools throughout her education and enjoyed a wonderful 28 year teaching career at Trumann’s Cedar Park Elementary. Anita was married for 57 years and 10 months to her high school sweetheart Dale Whitlatch.  One fateful day in the 10th grade math class Anita returned a wink, and that wink began a lifetime of love. Anita enjoyed her family, her church, shopping with her granddaughter and she will leave a legacy of love, faith, and devotion.  Anita was a member of Phi Mu (Arkansas State University), ADK Teacher’s Sorority, the Mary Juhas Sunday School Class and Maple Grove Baptist Church.  The assurance of eternal life was a peace that sustained Anita throughout her life, and she is now resting and praising her Savior face to face.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Melaney Whitlatch; four sisters, Leatrice Martin, Eula Mae Ford, Anna Lois Sims and Dora Ann Haley; three brothers, M.P. Talbot Jr., J.A. Talbot and John Talbot; and her parents M.P. and Cora Ann Higginbottom Talbot Sr. She is survived by her husband, Dale Whitlatch; one daughter, Lora Caery and husband Sam of Cabot, AR; and one granddaughter, Beth Anne Peterson and husband Banks. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5:00  to 7:00 p.m. at Maple Grove Baptist Church, 13509 Maple Grove Lane in Trumann.         Pallbearers will be the deacons of Maple Grove Baptist Church.  Honorary pallbearers will be The Mary Juhas Sunday School Class of Maple Grove Baptist Church.       A Celebration of Life will be Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Maple Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Duffel and Rev. Jim Swinford officiating.  Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jonesboro with Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann in charge of arrangements. An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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Visitation

October 30, 2019
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Maple Grove Baptist Church
13509 Maple Grove Lane
Trumann, AR

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Funeral Service

October 31, 2019
10:00 AM

Maple Grove Baptist Church
13509 Maple Grove Lane
Trumann, AR

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  1. JEANIA HOWARD, 1069 Cumberland Drive, Evans, GA 30809 says

    ANITA WAS MY YOUNGEST AUNT. SHE WAS MORE LIKE A SISTER TO ME. WE KEPT IN CONTACT THROUGH CARDS, LETTERS AND EVEN E-MAIL UNTIL SHE WAS NO LONGER ABLE TO DO SO. BECAUSE ANITA ENCOURAGED ME TO BECOME A TEACHER, I DID JUST THAT AND I RETIRED AFTER ALMOST 30 YEARS.YOU, WHO ARE READING THIS, MUST KNOW THAT SHE WAS THE MOST FUN AND EVEN THE FUNNIEST MEMBER OF OUR TALBOT FAMILY. SHE LOVED DALE AND HER GIRLS MORE THAN ANYONE COULD EVER REALIZE. I THINK SHE LOVED ME TOO, EVEN THOUGH SHE THOUGHT MY DAD, FORD CARR AND HER SISTER, EULA MAE TALBOT CARR, SPOILED ME ROTTEN. ANITA, SPENT MUCH TIME WITH US IN MEMPHIS AS MAE WAS DYING OF CANCER.

  2. Kenneth Bell, Harrisburg Ar. says

    Dale and family So sorry to read about the passing of Anita.You are in are prayers. Ken Bell and family

  3. Mary Lee Brock Cunningham, Jonesboro says

    Anita was one of the sweetest, kindest ladies I remember from my 'growing up days' in Trumamn. My condolences to you Dale and to all the family and her dear friends.

  4. Anna Bishop, Jonesboro,Arkansas says

    I worked with Anita for several years at Cedar Park Elementary School. She was a fine educator and always looked beautiful each day she came to school. I always enjoyed talking with her. I will be praying for her family at this time. She was a wonderful lady.

  5. Alvin and Judy Tackett , Weiner, AR says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Tip Shipp, says

    Thoughts and prayers to the Whitlatch family. Ms.Anita was a special person. Vicki and I admired her very much.

  7. Jimmy Moss, Trumann says

    A very sweet lady Mr Dale, Diann and I are praying for you and your family. Jimmy and Diann Moss

  8. Dot Hancock, Orange Park, FL says

    Rest in Peace.

  9. Joe Crozier, Fairfield Glade, Crossville, TN says

    Dale, so sorry to hear about Anita. Its eerie that we both lost our life partners so close together. I am unable to attend the visitation or funeral but will be there in spirit and will keep you in my prayers. We both can cherish our good times with our sweethearts.

  10. Dorothy Byford, Jonesboro, AR says

    So sorry to hear of Anita’s passing. She was a wonderful caring lady. She and Mel are having a reunion! Losing a loved one leaves a void that is forever empty, trust in the Lord, he will see you through this. The Byfords

  11. Benton & Brenda Whitman, Trumann says

    Very sweet lady will be missed.

  12. Virginia Newell , Trumann Arkansas says

    Mrs.Whitlatch: was my 3rd grade teacher .She was always caring for all of us students.. I had a good friend whom had passed away in her room and they sat behind me .. She knew how devastated I was so she had such a gentleness about her .I will always hold that dear to my heart ,and She will be truly missed.

  13. George & Beth McClung Nunnally, Bentonville, AR says

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

  14. Barbara Shirley Brown, Millington, TN says

    Dale, my friend, I am so sorry to hear of Anita's passing. I am praying for you and your family during this time. Barbara Shirley Brown

  15. Chris Patteson , Scottsdale Arizona says

    Dale and family... sympathy for your loss of Anita. Let your faith and all your loved ones comfort you.

  16. Betty Benson , Memphis TN says

    Dale and family, So sorry to read of the loss of your loved one. May God comfort and sustain in the days ahead. Paul and Betty Brooks Benson

  17. Lois and Fred Farmer, Trumann, Ar. says

    Anita was a very special lady inside and out. She always had a smile for everyone. Anita will be missed. I'm proud to call her my friend. Lois Farmer

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