Ephriam Whitman

Ephriam J. Whitman

July 15, 1937 - September 12, 2019
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Ephriam J. Whitman, 82, of Pine Bluff, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Whitman was born July 15, 1937, in Du Bois, Pennsylvania, to the late Ephriam and Pauline J. Whiteman. He was reared and received his education in Brookville, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Brookville High School. He attended many colleges including Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage, Alaska; El Paso Community College, El Paso, Texas; University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas; Pines Vocational-Technical School in Pine Bluff; and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
Mr. Whitman was a United States Army veteran and served during Vietnam. He retired from the Army after 27 years of service on October 31, 1981. His last assignment was Installation Sergeant Major at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. Some of his major assignments in the military included: 1st Sgt 42nd Ordinance Det., Senior Instructor at the U. S. Army Chemical Center and School, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) and Senior Instructor of the Chemical, Biological and Radiological School at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was also Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Operations Sergeant in Fort Richardson, Alaska and Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
He was a member of Phi Epsilon Chapter/Kappa Delta Pi and Honor Society in Education. He was on the Board of Directors of the Pine Bluff Arsenal Federal Credit Union for 30 years. He was on the Board of Directors of the American Bowling Congress for 15 years, until it was discontinued in 2005 and then was given a lifetime membership in the new membership organization, The United States Bowling Congress. He was also a member of the Arkansas State Bowling Hall of Fame and was elected to Life Member in the Pine Bluff USBC Bowling Association, The Arkansas State Bowling Association, and the Southern Bowling Congress, Inc.
Survivors include his wife Marianne Whitman, whom he married April 8, 1958, in Manheim, Germany; son, Tom Whitman of Pine Bluff; and a daughter, Margaret Whitman of Pine Bluff; brothers, Robert and Paul Whiteman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene, Arnold and Edward Whiteman; and sisters, Margaret, Della, and Dorothy.
A memorial graveside with military honors will be 10:00 AM, Friday, September 20, 2019, at Graceland Cemetery.
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    Friday, September 20, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, September 20, 2019 10:00am
    Graceland Cemetery


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Sharon Galloway

Posted at 07:50pm
So sorry to hear the passing of Sgt Major Whitman. He was on the board of Credit Union when I worked there. Always so kind.
Sharon Galloway

Betty Dockery Posted at 08:22am

I was so sad to hear of Sgt. Major Whitman's passing. When I worked at the PBA Federal Credit Union, he was on the board of directors. He always took his position very seriously and was very diligent in all his decisions. He loved his Country and was so proud to have had the privilege to serve in his position. He loved his family very much and always spoke proudly of each one. I would like to express my sincere sympathy to each member of his family and please know that others do care and will be thinking of you all, at this sad time. He will be missed by many friends and family and he will be remembered as a person that all enjoyed to be around. I pray God will be with you and near you at this time of sorrow. Betty Dockery

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