James D. “Sammy” Whitman Jr. of Steelville, Missouri was born Tuesday, April 24, 1962 to James D. “Danny” and Dorothy (nee Cook) Whitman and passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the age of 56 years.
Sammy, as he was known by, began his working career as a mechanic. He was very talented and could build or rebuild any motor, motorcycle or automobile. After many years of being a mechanic, Sammy changed his career to be a truck driver.
Sammy spent as many hours working on motorcycles as he did riding them. He had a collection of Harley Davidson shirts; one from Kuwait, Afghanistan, Montana and many others. Sammy enjoyed going to Bike Fest at Sturgis, Lake of the Ozarks and Daytona.
He enjoyed teasing everyone, NASCAR races on Sunday, classic rock music and cooking. He never wanted anyone to do the dishes or his laundry. Except for Friday lunch, with his son Josh, he didn’t eat out.
Sammy and his daughter Shawntae enjoyed feeding the ducks at the Steelville Park and going to the Dairy Isle for ice cream cones. In his younger years, you could find him and his sister Teresa at the Magic Market at 3 a.m. having a honey bun and chocolate milk.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Danny and Dorothy Whitman; and one son, Cody Whitman.
He is survived by his children, Josh and wife Amber Whitman of Cuba, Missouri and Shawntae Norris and friend Deven Williams of Sullivan, Missouri; granddaughter, Clara Whitman of Cuba, Missouri; five siblings, Teresa and husband James Switzer of Cuba, Missouri, Lisa Cunningham of Cuba, Missouri, Tim and wife Deb Whitman of Greenfield, Indiana, Melissa and husband Scott Blunt of Steelville, Missouri and Michelle Whitman of Greenfield, Indiana; special friend, Amanda Schlitt of Steelville, Missouri; four legged pet, “Yogi”; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Gene Rauls officiating.
Special recorded music was “Where Eagles Fly,” “Tears in Heaven” and “See You Again.”
Interment and prayers were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Praise Temple Memorial Gardens, Fredericktown, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.