Dale Whitmire November 30, 1930 – May 20, 2016

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whitmireDale Whitmire, age 85, of Dallas, Texas, died on May 20, 2016. Memorial service is 5:00 pm, Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Jaynes. The committal service will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 31, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Dale is survived by his brother E.J. Barnes of Afton, Oklahoma; children, Greg Whitmire of Kansas City, Mario Whitmire & spouse Terry of Duncanville, Dee Dale Whitmire & spouse Wendy of Waxahachie, and Daniel Whitmire & spouse Tamara of Plano; grandchildren April White, Eric Whitmire, Shaena Whitmire, Amanda Fastle, Audrey Tello, Victoria Whitmire, and Lauren Whitmire. Great grandchildren Sophie White, Preston White, Kessler Whitmire, Juaquin Jose Tello, and Holland Whitmire. Dale is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Emily Whitmire.

Dale was born in Bernice, Oklahoma, on November 30, 1930, to Elsie and Virgil Whitmire. He graduated from Afton High School in 1946 and attended and completed college at Oklahoma A&M in 1952 and served two years in the Army. He joined Montgomery Wards in 1954 and was relocated to Las Vegas, New Mexico where he met his soon to be wife, Emily. He was transferred to Dallas to open a new Montgomery Ward store in Wynnewood Village Shopping Center. It was in Dallas he decided to settle and raise his family.

Dale worked at Montgomery Ward for over 25 years where he held numerous positions. He helped start the Red Bird Elks Lodge (now DeSoto Elks Lodge) where family and friends met to enjoy a beer and socialize. He enjoyed playing sports such as golf, baseball, basketball, and volleyball. He was active in the Old Timers Baseball association in Dallas. He helped start the Elk’s Hoop Shoot Contest that raised money for disadvantaged youth to attend college. He taught each of his sons and grandchildren to play golf and played with them in local softball leagues.

jaynesDale was a talented musician and song writer. Out of the many instruments he played, he enjoyed playing guitar and harmonica the most. Many of his songs were written based on his life experiences. Dale and Emily hosted weekend jam sessions where many local musicians would play on their backyard patio. They always ended the jam session singing gospel songs.

Most of all Dale was a living example of how life should be lived. He loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, he loved his family, and he loved his friends. He was a calming and loving person who never met a person he didn’t like.