Completed arrangements are being announced for Gertrude “Aunt Trudy” Whitsey, 85, of Union City, who died April 29, 2008, at her home. She was well-known in the community for leading Christians at a variety of gatherings in singing “This Little Light of Mine.”
Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Union City, where she was a faithful and long-time member. The Rev. A.E. McCadney will officiate. Interment will follow in Obion County Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be George Bond, Christopher Robertson, Richard Whitsey, Norman Whitsey, Roland Whitsey, Greg Spears, Bishop Michael Carr, Perry Carr, Timothy Carr, Michael Perry and Joe Perry. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Lovan, Reggie Turner, Thomas Turner, the Rev. Kenny Craig, Robert Johnson, Jonathan Turner, Frederick Dee Barbee, Paul Hart and Perry Turner.
Friends may call at the church 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Rawls Funeral Home in Union City is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Jan. 29, 1923, in the former Hebron, Miss., daughter of the late Louise (Brown) Caldwell. She was raised by her grandmother, the late Dora Brown, and was married to Mack June Whitsey June 18, 1950. He survives.
Mrs. Whitsey was president of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Usher Board, vice president of the Feeding Committee, president of the Patsy McCord Mission Circle, a Sunday school teacher, chairman of the Mother’s Board, co-chairman of the United Women’s Day and a senior choir member. She was also a member of the Obion River District Association and had been voted “queen of the Obion River District” for many years. She was also a mission coordinator and served on several boards in the district.
She was a member of the former Optimist Club, a founding member of the Tuesday Morning Prayer Group, the operator of God’s Little Storehouse program and a volunteer in the Pilgrim Rest feeding program for the community. She was also an active volunteer for the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church “Meals on Wheels” program and was an honorary staff member for Rep. Phillip Pinion of the 77th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
Survivors also include those she claimed as her foster children, the Rev. A.E. McCadney, Mitchell Churchwell and his wife, Felecia, James Barton, Valeria Hyde and her husband, James, and Laura Shepherd and her husband, Floyd, all of Union City; Doretha McCadney of Ripley; Maggie Hampton and her husband, Butch, of Martin; and Gloria Keys of Spartanburg, S.C. Other survivors include her aunt, who was raised with her, Mary Dale of Memphis; her brother, Willie Brown of Cleveland, Ohio; her sister-in-law, Mary Haynes of St. Louis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Curtis Chapman; her brothers, Roosevelt Caldwell, Gussie Brown, Cooley Brown and Jake Brown; and her sisters, Lurlean Whitsey, Rebecca Brown, Willie Mae Wheatley, Inet Apperwhite, Ernestine Brown and Estella Brown.
Family and friends may leave condolences at www.rawlsfuneralhomes.com.