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 Phillip Edgar Witherspoon

Phillip Edgar Witherspoon

Birth
Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 9 Jan 1994 (aged 75)
Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Burial Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 26935140 · View Source
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Edgar's parents were James Hamilton Gordon (J.G.) Witherspoon and Elizabeth Marable Witherspoon of Ada, OK. They are both buried in Rosedale Cemetery in Ada, OK. He had 2 brothers, Gordon Marable Witherspoon buried in Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, TX and Joe Ray "Bunny" Witherspoon buried in Rosedale Cemetery in Ada, OK. He had 2 sisters, Dorothy Witherspoon Price buried in Rosedale Cemetery in Ada, OK and Mary Adella Witherspoon buried in Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee, OK. See pictures to the right and on the next page by clicking on View all images on the right side of the page. Click on the pictures to see their captions.

Edgar was born and grew up in Ada, OK. He graduated from Ada High School and from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. Degree in Geology. After graduation he went to work as a geologist for William A. "Gus" Delaney in Ada. However, aviation was his love and became his career.

He learned to fly at the University of Oklahoma. He had his instrument rating and license to teach flying. He taught flying in Ada and in a few months went to the Army Air Corps (before the Air Force) and taught Army Cadets to Fly.

He met his future wife Kathryn Stubblefield right before his graduation from OU in 1939. He married her on Jan. 3, 1941. They married at the home of his parents in Ada, OK. I believe her father married them.

He proudly served his country in World War II as a pilot flying many dangerous missions in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific. He joined the army in the fall of 1942 and was stationed for 18 months in San Antonio, TX. He left for the South Pacific in the summer of 1944 and was based on several islands. His plane picked up wounded soldiers and flew them to hospital bases and flew in supplies.

As soon as World War II was over he flew missions into Tokyo, Japan to evacuate U.S. prisoners of war. That lasted about 6 weeks. After the war he became on air traffic controller but continued to fly for many years. He was an outstanding pilot. Also, he and his family were very active in the Church of Christ.

Edgar and Kathryn had 3 beautiful daughters, Linda Kate, Jeanne, and Beth and a number of precious grandchildren and great grandchildren as well. He and Kathryn spent most of their adult life in Abilene, TX.

He is survived by his beloved wife Kathryn, their daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He passed away from heart failure.

I (his niece) remember Uncle Edgar as a very devoted family man who adored his family. He loved flying all his life, and he loved his church and was a devout Christian. He had a great personality and was a lot of fun to be around. He is still greatly missed today.



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