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Harold Caleb Whitney

1936 - 2021


Harold Caleb Whitney, Jr., was born in Goffstown, New Hampshire, on October 24, 1936, and left pain behind on March 19, 2021. He was the eldest son of thirteen children and was raised in and near Eliot, Maine, where he graduated from Eliot High School. There he hoped to be a game warden for he and his family loved to gather at their camp on Monson Pond in Monson, ME. He married Jane Grey in 1959 and came to Texas where he was a Journeyman Carpenter in Carpenters Local #502 of Port Arthur, TX, while also becoming skilled in four other construction trades at Lamar University Vocational School in Beaumont, Texas.

He became a Christian as a teenager memorizing the Twenty-Third Psalm as his favorite. Many hours were volunteered with Nederland Little League, Fellowship Baptist Church of Nederland, Nederland Masonic Lodge #1368 where he was 1983 Past Master, and in general, helping anyone and everyone with carpentry on their homes or who otherwise could not help themselves.

Harold worked in almost all the refineries in Jefferson County, Texas, lastly being a direct-hire at Union Oil of California (Unocal) where he met Annette Gaspard and remarried in 1992. After the refinery closed, they both worked a construction temp job in El Dorado, KS, and then lived in Cheyenne, WY, where Anette worked a temp job at their small refinery. Afterward, he was employed for TDCJ at the Stiles Unite in Beaumont, TX, before thy moved to other temp jobs in Colorado Springs, CO, between 1996-2001. Upon their return to Texas, they made their home near Bryan/College Station until settling in Nacogdoches in 2007. He attended Calvary Baptist Church until his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2016.

Surviving Harold are his wife, Annette Whitney and Jane Whitney; daughter, Kathy Whitney of Nederland, TX; youngest son, Russell Whitney and wife, Liliana of El Paso, TX; and step-children, Josette Richardson of Groves, TX and John Myatt of Nacogdoches, TX. Harold’s grandchildren are Glen Whitney of CA and two daughters, Daniella and Tiffany Whitney of El Paso, TX, with step-grandchildren, Candice Potter, Justin Myatt, Dalton Richardson, Julia Myatt, and Jessica Richardson.

Harold’s surviving family, who called him “Sonny”, are five sisters and families:

Dick and Eleanor Crouch of Greenbush, ME

Bob and Nancy Hundley of Kittery, ME

Dave and Shirley Ostrander or Barrington, NH

Carol Drouin of S. Berwick, ME

Bob and Linda Chaseof Dover, NH


Harold’s surviving four brothers and families are:

George Whitney of Kittery, ME

Stan and Paula Whitney of Portsmouth, NH

Philip and Sylvia Whitney or Gonic (Rochester), NH

Ron and Jackie Whitney of S. Beriwich, ME

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Caleb Whitney, Sr. and Madeline Botsford Whitney along with two sisters, Patricia Normandin and Barbara Perkins; a brother, Henry Whitney as well as Harold’s eldest son, Robert Whitney and his son, James Whitney, grandson of Harold.

Harold’s family and friends were of utmost importance; he never failed to encourage his children and was a good example of a Godly man. He’d tell those to whom he came in contact with, to smile making him a blessing to all who met or knew him. He was an excellent husband and father and departed peacefully as he had lived. He is now enjoying spring with our/his Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


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Sandra Whitney

March 24, 2021 3:34 PM

Sorry to hear of uncles Sonnys passing. I wish I had known him better, he sounds like he was a great man.

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