Virgil Edgar Whittington, 88, of Sturgeon, Mo., previously from Brazil and Virginia, Ill., died Sept.12, 2006, at Regional Medical Center, Moberly, Mo.
He was born May 23, 1918, in Clay City, the son of John Edgar and Effie Marie Hoffman Whittington.
He graduated from Staunton High School with the class of 1938. He served in the United States Navy during World War II; he was a member of Bussing-Louderback VFW No. 1127; American Legion Post No. 2; Elks Lodge No. 762; the fraternal organization of the High Jinx, all of Brazil, and had just received his Life Membership Certificate from the Masonic Lodge F.&A.M. of Virginia, Ill.
Mr. Whittington was owner and operator of the Gamble Store at Virginia, Ill., which became the "TV" Industry Center. In that introductory phase he did the installation and served as the customer's counselor.
At the time of his retirement, he was manager of Prudential Insurance Company of America at Virginia, Ill.
Survivors include a son, Mark E. Whittington and his wife Kathy, Sturgeon, Mo.; two granddaughters, Tara Powell and her husband Derrick, Fayette; Tammy Farley and her husband Jason, Ashland; five great-grandchildren and one sister, Josephine Winstead, Bettendorf, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Whittington; and an infant brother, Baby Whittington.
Memorial serevices will be held at Moore Funeral Home, 142 N. Washington St., Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at 11 a.m. Rev. Richard Pippin will officiate. Visitation will be at Moore Funeral Home Saturday morning 10 a.m. until time of service. Military honors and interment will be at Union Cemetery south of Brazil.
The family suggest remembrances be made to the Brazil Elks Lodge No. 762.
Fenton Funeral Chapel, Centralia, was in charge of local arrangements.