Joe C Whittemore, formerly of Cedar Park, Texas went to be with his Savior on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, surrounded by family in Beaumont, TX. Joe was born in Wolfe City, Texas to J.F. (Soda) and Ruth Castle Whittemore and attended Wolfe City schools, graduating in 1953, and went on to study at East Texas State University. In 1958, he left for service in the United States Army in Fort Eustis, VA where he taught diesel mechanics. After his Army service, he entered employment with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission as an undercover agent. Being promoted through the years, he was transferred to cities across the state. His long TABC career ended after 26 years when he retired as Chief of Enforcement in 1987 at the young age of 52. It was a career he truly loved. A few years later, not being one to stay idle, he and his business partners formed Austex Concessions in Austin, TX for a very successful second career. Joe’s passion was sailing on Lake Travis and coastal fishing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with his family that includes five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His greatest pride was the bond and close relationship that he shared with his brother and sisters. The bond that the Whittemore family shares is the legacy he would want to leave for future generations to continue.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Sandra Shoemate Whittemore, his wife and sunshine, Sue Schroeder Whittemore, son Stan P. Whittemore and parents JF & Ruth Whittemore.
Survivors include his daughter, Stacy Wilber and her husband, Wayne of Hamshire, TX; Grandchildren Kacy Murphy and husband, Trey, of Winnie TX; Kaitlin Dragoo and husband, Luke, of Troy, TX; Kara Tibbetts and husband, Ryan, of Belton, TX; Kelsey Herrin and husband, Daniel, of Nederland, TX and Kyle Whittemore and wife, Christine, of Temple, TX. Great-grandchildren include George (Giv), Zander, Landon, Adeline and McKenna.
He is survived by sister, Jane Abston and husband, Don, of Spring, TX; sister, Judy Scott and husband, Bennie, of Dallas, TX and brother, Phil Whittemore and wife, Janet, of Santa Fe, NM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Carmel Cemetary,
P.O. Box 95, Wolfe City, TX 75496
One of the best families Wolfe City ever grew, great parents and children 🙏🙏🙏for all Billy Frank class of 66
Thank you, Mr Watkins, for your condolences and kind words. I appreciate your thinking of us during the loss of my father.
Kaitlin praying that God will bring you comfort to your heart.
With deepest sympathy.
Thank you for your kind words.
Heaven gained an angel. His loss will forever be felt in our hearts.
Thank you so much for your kind words.
Stacy Whittemore Wilber
My deepest condolences to Stacy and all the family. Your dad had such a positive impact on my life. He always had a smile and truly loved being your dad. There is no doubt his legacy will be carried through such a loving family.
Thank you, Glenda, for your very kind words. You know how proud Dad was of you, as well. You really made him shine.
My love to you and your family.
Joe was a friend to me during my career with the TABC. A great Chief. Someone always up front and truthful with you.
Thank you for your kind words, Mr Traywick. It means so much to me and my family.
Stacy Whittemore Wilber
Joe was a genuinely good and loving man who could make anyone he was taking with feel like they were the most facinating person in the room. I am so glad we got to visit with him at our family reunion last year. Joe will be dearly missed by our family.
John and I are so sorry for your loss
of your father, grandfather, and brother. Joe will be dearly missed by our family. John Linda and Cynthia McMath and the Davidson and Danamraj families.
Thank you, McMath and Danamraj families. The reunions were such a great time for us all to come together again. Dad enjoyed them so much.
Thank you, also, John, Linda and Cynthia, for being at Dad’s service. It meant so much to me.
I am very sorry for your loss
I will miss his phone calls and our visits. He was a very special friend
I will not be able to attend the services but my prayers are with you all.
Thank you for your kindness, Nancy. Dad thought so much of you. Your friendship was such a great part of his life. I appreciate your thoughts.
Sorry about the loss of one of our classmates. Prayers
Thank you, Mr and Mrs Parsons, for your thoughts in the loss of my father.
Hey Joe, Give Charlotte some rubs for me I know she is happy to see you and save me a place at the kitchen table so we catch up. I look forward to you can showing me around when I get there. Hopefully it will be a long while before that. Thanks for being the best friend and neighbor a boy could have.
Peace be with you and your family.
Such thoughtful words, Paul. Thank you.