Avery Harold Whitehead of Waterford, Mich., died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at the age of 91.
He was the cherished husband for 63 years to the late Nevadell (2003), dear father of Thomas (Catherine) Whitehead of Orion, Mich., Richard (Brenda) Whitehead of Richmond, Texas, and the late Saundra Whitehead. He was the grandfather of Ray (Laura) Bibb of Richmond, Texas, Chris (Jeri) Whitehead and Anne (William) Matthews of Oxford, Mich., Jane (David) Frechette of Warren, Saundra (Phillip) Pletka of Richmond, Texas, and Jessica (Gonzolo) Cardenas of Richmond, Texas; brother of Edna Williams, Velta Lee Gough and Delta Ivy, all of Dexter, and Wanda Gough of Flint, Mich.; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was born Sept. 29, 1914, in Dexter, the son of the late Thomas and Treasa Stafford Whitehead. He had retired from Oakland Community College and was a charter member of Parkdale Church of the Nazarene, Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene and Silver Lake Church of the Nazarene, where he had been a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent and the oldest board member of the Nazarene Church, serving on the board into his 90s. He was a member of the Hemerocellus Society and loved his flowers, spending a lot of time in his gardens. He truly had a green thumb and will be greatly missed.
Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, at Silver Lake Church of the Nazarene (520 W. Walton Blvd., Pontiac, Mich.).
Interment will follow at White Chapel Cemetery.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Coats Funeral Home, 3141 Sashabaw Road in Waterford, Mich., and after 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, at the church.
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