He is also survived by a daughter, Karen Marie Whitaker Hardwick of Garland, Texas.; a son and law partner, Stuart Lee Whitaker of Palestine, Texas; and a sister, GayNell Blackstone of Huntsville, Texas.
Grandchildren include Keadan Bryce Whitaker and wife, Hope Whitaker, Kali Danielle Whitaker, Kirsti Marie Whitaker, Kanon Dean Hardwick, Kooper Dean Hardwick and Brooke Colston; and four great-grandchildren, Aidyn, Lexi, Maddie and Memphis.
Honorary pallbearers are the Anderson County Bar Association.
A memorial service will be held at Evangelistic Temple in Palestine, Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at 10:30 am. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Evangelistic Temple 3011 N. Loop 256 Palestine, Texas 75803.