Edith Bond Whitfield

Published 12:57 pm Monday, August 18, 2014

Edith Bond Whitfield, 99, passed away at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Whitfield, a mother of four, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of seven, was a pillar of love and support to her entire family. She enjoyed nothing more than having her home full of family and friends.

In addition to her family, Edith loved Demopolis and devoted much of her time to civic projects. As the wife of Dr. Fred Whitfield, she helped in his office and was instrumental in helping Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital begin and grow through her volunteer service with the Gray Ladies and the Hospital Auxiliary.

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She was a founding member of the Hospital Auxiliary at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, where she served the community for over 60 years. In addition to her work with the hospital auxiliary, she was also a long time organizer of the Community Blood Drive.

Her loving smile, enthusiasm for service, leadership and kindness worked to bring care and comfort to patients and families in Demopolis in their time of need.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Demopolis, and she was involved with the United Methodist Women. She will be deeply missed by the many generations of youth in the community with whom she opened her home and heart. She treated them all as if they were her own children or grandchildren with big smiles, kind words and chocolate chip cookies.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Fred S. Whitfield Jr.; her parents, Robert Henry Bond and Laura Underwood Bond of Union City, Tenn.; her son, Fred S. Whitfield III of Demopolis; and her grandson, Franklin David Whitfield of Tuscaloosa.

She is survived by her sons, Bobby (Theresa) Whitfield of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and Tom (Vivian – deceased) Whitfield of Starkville, Miss.; daughter Carole (Phil) Whitfield of Demopolis; eight grandchildren, Fred S. Whitfield IV, Kevin (Natasha) Horne, Bond Whitfield, Scott Horne, Brian (Cristell) Whitfield, Tommy (Monica) Whitfield, David (Joan) Whitfield and Paul Whitfield; seven great-grandchildren, Abby Whitfield, Sydney Pettis, Tori Horne, Lane Whitfield, Austin Whitfield, Sawyer Whitfield and Breahna Whitfield.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Kirk Funeral Home in Demopolis. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Demopolis. Graveside services will follow at Demopolis Memorial Gardens. The Rev. David Willis will conduct the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Demopolis or the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.