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Jerry R. Whitaker

Mr. Jerry R. Whitaker, age 78, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born August 28, 1944, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to the late Burnett Whitaker and Lorene Donnell Whitaker.

Mr. Whitaker was a realtor by profession, and proudly served his country in the Marines, aboard the USS Oriskany as a Marine Detachment during the Vietnam War.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Burnett Whitaker and Lorene Donnell Whitaker; brother, Don Whitaker; sisters, Lois Human, Betty Nix; and by his grandson, Trever Mallicoat. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy Whitaker; sons, Jeffrey Whitaker and wife Renee of Mena, Arkansas, Jim Whitaker of Star City, Arkansas, Steve Swall and wife Stacy of Mena, Arkansas, Jody Whitaker and wife Amanda of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Jennifer Mallicoat and husband Troy of Elk Grove, California, Christie Petersen and husband Jason of Clarksville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Megan Whitaker of Torreon, Mexico, Jarod Whitaker of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marissa Mallicoat of Elk Grove, California, Jazmine Whitaker of Russellville, Arkansas,  Noah Swall of Conway, Arkansas, Eli Swall of Mena, Arkansas, Brooke Denton of Conway, Arkansas, Paige Denton of Clarksville, Arkansas, Dylan Peterson of Conway, Arkansas, Karsyn Whitaker of Mena, Arkansas, Kinley Whitaker of Mena, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Rynnlee Pelts of Clarksville, Arkansas, Vincent Mallicoat of Elk Grove, California; and by his sister, Janell Martin of Sacramento, California.

Graveside services for Mr. Jerry Whitaker will be held December 2, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the White Oak Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas. Services are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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