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Harry Whitley passed away at the age of 84 on Monday April 21, 2014, in Foard County, Texas.

He was born on October 18, 1929 in Shannon, Texas, son of the late James George and Frances Mae Webb Whitley.

His real love was his wife of 59 years, Charlotte Wanell McDonald, whom he married on October 4, 1950 in Paducah, Texas. His devotion was deep and caring through her illness.

The Whitley and Webb families are cow people – going back to generations. With this foundation, there would be no other course than to become a cowman, horseman and cowboy.

Harry began helping his father and grandfather with livestock at an early age. In his teens, he worked for Douhitt Ranch Co., Hapgoods, Andrew Smith, Scheers, Halsells and other cow people.

In 1947, he went to work for the W.T. Waggoner Estate. For the next few years he drifted to the Matador Land and Cattle Co., S.B. Burnett, Tom L. Burnett and Hayhooks.

Together, Harry and Charlotte’s journey took them back to Burnetts, Waggoners, Howell E. Smiths, Muleshoe Cattle Co., and the Buckle L. and S J Ranch.

In 1956 they moved to the Muleshoe in Archer County, Texas and later moved to the Muleshoe, southwest of Henrietta, Texas.

On June 1, 1964, Harry was hired to be the foreman of the Clay County Ranch for the Furd Halsell Estate – later the Glenn Halsell Cattle Co., where he and Charlotte lived for seventeen years.

They moved to Foard County in 1982 and worked on John Glenn Halsell’s Three Circle Ranch. At the time of his death, Harry had been employed by Halsells for Forty-nine years.

Roping was his passion. He once said he had been fired from more ranches for roping, than most people had worked for.

Harry’s loyalty and adherence to duty showed in the care and compassion he displayed for the land and livestock under his watch. He will be remembered for the good horses he rode – Murdo, Pinky, Grinner, Dunny, John, Foots, Mexican, Buddy, Ed, Buck.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Most of all, he will be missed by his sons – George “Tooter Bill” Whitley and wife, Penny, of Thornberry, Texas; Kevin Whitley and wife, Jennifer, of Margaret, Texas; one granddaughter, Rebecca Whitley, of Margaret; two brothers – Edd Whitley of Henrietta, Texas and Don Whitley of Pecos, Texas; one sister, Sally Jump of Iowa Park, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews and devoted pets, T.J. and Miss Kitty. He was preceded in death by his wife on March 27, 2009.

Graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday, April, 24, 2014, in the Crowell Cemetery, with the Rev. Ron Fox, pastor of the Western Trails Cowboy Church of Lockett, Texas, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell, Texas.

The family suggests memorials be made to Amarillo SPCA and the Diabetes Association.

Visitation will be from 7:00 – 8:00 PM on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at the Womack-Manard Funeral Home.

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