Dennis Whitaker Sr.

Monday, December 4, 2017

DENNIS LEE WHITAKER, SR., of Green Forest, Arkansas born June 14, 1954 in Quincy, Illinois, son of Freddie Lee and Lucy Susan (Whitaker) Whitaker. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and loved ones, November 27, 2017 at the age of 63 years.

Dennis was supervisor at Tyson Foods for twenty-four years. After leaving Tyson Foods, he and his wife owned and operated Jimís Drive-In for twenty years, where they worked vigorously to feed the community. Dennis enjoyed tinkering, bowling, cooking and camping with his family.

He is survived by his children, son, Dennis Whitaker, Jr. and wife, Cindy of Green Forest; daughter, Amber Melendez and husband, Jason of Green Forest; daughter, Amanda Whitaker of Green Forest; sister, Brenda Nelson of Berryville; sister, Flora Warren and husband, David of Farmington, Missouri; brother, Matthew Whitaker and wife, Sandra of Pennsylvania; brother Charles Whitaker of Pennsylvania; granddaughter, Katen Whitaker; two grandsons, Garrett Richardson and Brayden Whitaker; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and loved ones.

On April 17, 1987, he was united in marriage to Deanna (Fultz) Whitaker, who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his father, Freddie Lee Whitaker; mother, Lucy Whitaker; step-mother, Martha Whitaker; sister, Vickie Johnson; grandson, Dennis Lee Whitaker, III.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Nelsonís Green Forest Chapel. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Nelsonís Green Forest Chapel with Brother David Maybee officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Rule Cemetery, Green Forest under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the Rule Cemetery, C/O Steve Newberry, 1060 CR 802, Green Forest, Arkansas 72638. Online condolences may be sent to the family at