Freddie Herman Whiting • November 14, 2018
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Freddie “Fred” Herman Whiting, loving husband, father of three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren passed away at the age of 89. Fred was born March 17, 1929 to Ruby and Adrian Whiting in Pensacola, Florida. After graduating from Pensacola High School, Fred enlisted in the US Navy, where he served on the USS Vulcan during the Korean War. Upon returning home Fred worked at the U.S. Naval Air Station until his retirement.
He married his wife, Julia Elizabeth Toler, on February 14, 1959. They celebrated 59 years of marriage together serving the Lord, their children and their community. Fred said marrying Julia was one of the best things he’d ever done because she introduced him to Jesus Christ. Together they celebrated a life-long joy of selflessly serving the Savior.
Fred was active in youth sports, where he coached baseball at Myrtle Grove. He was also active in backyard sports leading and joining children in year-round games of kickball and football. Pilots flying out of Pensacola’s Naval Air Station could spot the Whiting’s home because it was the one without much grass in the back yard due to so many children playing there.
Fred and Julia were faithful members of Smyrna Baptist Church. For many years they regularly visited church members in the hospital, in nursing homes and in their homes. They were also active in the church’s Kitchen Ministry preparing and serving meals.
While Pensacola may have been home, Marlow, Alabama, and especially their house on Fish River, held a special place in Fred and Julia’s heart. There, they were able to enjoy a place where Julia grew up and where they entertained family and friends for more than 20 years. Their grandchildren remember morning devotions on the pier, endless games of UNO, horseshoes and badminton all under the watchful eyes of “Paw Paw” and “Maw Maw.” Fred, whose sense of humor could be described as dry, would often say the grandchildren lost so many fishing lures to bushes and tree limbs they looked like leaves. But, he never complained.
Fred was dearly loved by his family. While they will miss his gentleness and kindness, they rejoice in knowing that, as a believer in Jesus Christ, Fred is now in Heaven because the Scriptures teach “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Adrian and Ruby Whiting and his step-father Neville “Pop” Folden and his brother Adrian, Jr.
Fred is survived by his wife, Julia Toler Whiting; sons Rodney and Stephen Whiting; daughter Patti Echols; granddaughters Courtney, Lindsay, Maddie, Allie and Paige Whiting; and grandsons DJ and Dan Echols and Gray Whiting; and great grandchildren, Macey, Brady and Kennedy Echols, a sister Alta Wilkison and her children Russ and Gina and Adrian, Jr’s children Pete, Donna and Connie. The family will receive visitors Saturday, November 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Smyrna Baptist Church, 7000 Pensacola Blvd/Hwy 29, Pensacola. A service at the church will follow, and the burial will take place at Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 7433 Pine Forest Road.
Pallbearers will be DJ Echols, Dan Echols, Jason Edwards, Gabe Jackson, Rick Rine and Rick Longoria. Honorary pallbearers are Gray Whiting, Donnie Dixon and Daren Edwards.