of Marianna, AR
February 16, 1930 - March 24, 2023
Bernard "Buddy" Whitehead passed away peacefully Friday, March 24, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was born Sunday, February 16, 1930 to Charles 'Tom" Whitehead and Jewel Freeland Whitehead in Gill, Arkansas.He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jean Whitehead, of the home; four daughters, Teresa Walker (Rob) of Marianna, Arkansas, Donna Lackey of San Antonio, Texas, Tutti Dilks (David) of Marianna, Arkansas, Jonna Jones (Terry) of Hannibal, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Christopher Whitehead (Becca), Andrea Kibe (Zach), Laura Carlson (Dusty), C.T. Whitehead, Richard Pickett (Katy), Jake Jones (Megan), Luke Jones (Mackenzie), Maranda Gilchrist (Michael), Amanda Arroyo (Peter) and a bus-load of great-grandchildren; one sister, Connie Belle Butler (JimTom) and two nephews, Jim Butler (Lois) and Rhett Butler (Melanie).He was preceded in death by his first wife, Willastein Whitehead and one son, Tommy Whitehead.Mr. Whitehead was a farmer for over 80 years. He was a member of First Christian Church in Marianna and was on the Board of Trustees. He served his country during the Korean War as a member of the United States Army. He loved farming, hunting and growing a garden. He also had a hog farm and loved traveling and showing his hogs. Services will be held Monday, March 27, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at First Christian Church in Marianna, Arkansas. Visitation will be held from12:30-2:00 P.M prior to services. Burial will follow services at Marianna Memorial Park. Family and friends may view and sign online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/Marianna.
Condolences to all of Buddy’s family sad to learn of his passing. I have fond memories of their visiting us in California touring Disneyland, Hollywood where he was interviewed for a television show. With his outgoing personality including his Southern drawl he was selected as a participant on the show. He charmed the audience with his comedic answers including how he would “call his hogs”. Once you’d met him he left wonderful memories. Rest in peace knowing you left memories to anyone that had the pleasure to meet you.
To All the Family. I love you very much and will pray for you and all your Family. Judy Travis
Teresa, your Dad was one of a kind! Always so nice and funny when we were kids! My thoughts and prayers are with you! Love, Carla
My heart was so sad to hear that Mr Buddy had passed. I loved him so much. He was one of my favorite friends of my dad's. I remember being in high school and my dad let me go the the Mid South Fair with Jonna, Ms Jean and Mr Buddy to show the hogs. Oh my gosh we had the best time! When we weren't hanging out with the hogs me and Jonna got to run around the fair. The Whitehead house was one of the few places my dad let me spend the night and some of my best memories of high school. He was so loved by everyone and I will miss that smile and his big hugs! Sending love and prayers to all of you. Love you Ms Jean. Chatty Cathy
Connie, Teresa, and family members, so sorry to hear of Buddy’s passing. I know you will greatly miss him. May God bless & comfort you all. DeLana Lee
So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Buddy was a fine man.
I am so sorry for your loss!
Mr. Buddy was such a wonderful guy & was loved by all. He will so be missed. Prayers for all the family during this time. Love to you all 🙏❤️
So SorryPrayers For FamilyClyde and Charlotte
So many memories growing up with all of you from our community around Gill, Holub Crossing, Oak Forest. My parents spoke of your family “back in the day” as kids and we shared many school time memories with all of the children at Lee Academy. I laughed at the post of Mr. Buddy “calling the hogs on TV”. What a memorable man! Not many of my memories of growing up did not include a Whitehead in one way or another. Teresa, my heart breaks for you! Your dad was certainly a character and you will miss him dearly. Hugs and prayers to each of you for the loss of a giant of a man.🙏❤️
Never will there be another Mr Buddy. The mold was broken with him. True gentleman and could make any day brighter. Prayers for family
So sorry for you loss, my prayers are with you all. Never halted to Mr. Buddy that he wasn't smiling.
They don’t come any better than Mr. Buddy. I never saw him without a smile on his face and he always had something sassy to say to put a smile on mine. Always loved seeing him and Mrs. Jean at the clinic. He will be missed tremendously. ❤️
Dear Family,Buddy was one of a kind. We lost a really good one. Thoughts and prayers and much love to you all.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all family and friends. Mr Buddy was a fine person may he rest in peace.
Thoughts and prayers to your family, Mr. Buddy was so much fun to be around, he will be missed by all that knew him.
Luke & MacKenzie, I'm so sorry for you and your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers for all of you.Aunt Brenda
Mr Buddy was a sweet man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jonna and Terry. We are so sorry to hear this. May God give you Peace and Comfort. Love Gary and Brenda
Dear family, Your family held a very special place in our hearts when we lived in Marianna. So sorry for your loss of Mr Buddy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.Love ya! Becky and family.
Prayers for the family! I saw Mr. Whitehead a time or two when he came to visit Terry, and he would visit my dad! When I taught school in Elaine, I would pass by his house and always say hello! I was also friends with Connie. He was always such a good man!
So sorry to hear about Buddy passing away , he was a great friend I’ve known him most of my life. May God wrap his loving arms around him and his family Prayers to his Family
The Northrup Family sure loved Mr. Buddy, Miss Jean and the entire Whitehead family. Our hearts hurt but we know Mr. Buddy is causing a ruckus up in heaven —-he brought so much fun and laughter to our family here on earth so I know he is cutting up with our Dad (Jack) and Mom (Melba) in heaven. Our love and prayers go out to the Whitehead family❤️❤️🙏🙏
My mother, George Ballard, and Buddy went to school together and they always ask about each other when they came to vote. I looked forward to seeing them each year til 2021 when my mother and George passed on. There is a big hole where their generation has stood. I will miss all three and pray for comfort in your grief as you adjust to life without Mr. Buddy.
Buddy will be missed far and wide, but most particularly all of Lee County. He was known far and wide for his big smile and funny stories. All those stories are precious memories. Just to have the opportunity to sit and visit with Buddy was an experience you would not forget. Remember when he "CALLED THE HOGS" ON tv? He became a star. May the family feel God's Comforting Arms around them during this time. Rest in Peace Buddy. You will be missed by one and all. Much love to this family.
We have many fond memories of Mr. Buddy and showing hogs. Our prayers are with you Mrs. Jean.
Buddy was a good friend we have loads of fun at Cleo’s eating prayers for the family
All of us at lee county water want all of you to know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time Rick, Aneita, Terry, and Shayne
All of you are in are thoughts and prayers at this time