Whitten, Lizzie Hollingsworth

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whitten lizzie hollandsworthLizzie Mae Hollingsworth Whitten of Radford died on March 6, 2014 after a brief illness. Born on August 12, 1925, in Newton County, Miss., she resided in Oak Grove, La., until moving to southwest Virginia in 2005. She was predeceased by her husband James Oliver Whitten, who she married in 1942, and her parents Jewel (nee Clark) and Richard Oscar Hollingsworth. During her many years in Oak Grove, Lizzie and her husband owned and operated Whitten Motor Supply, and she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove, where she sang in the choir. She continued her active faith life after moving to Radford, where she joined the First Baptist Church and participated in many ministries, including the “Amazing Grays” senior adult group. Throughout her life, Lizzie enjoyed nature, particularly through tending her gardens and taking walks on the beach during family vacations. She also took very seriously the gift of physical health, and many mornings was among the first visitors to the Radford Recreation Center where she walked each day. As part of her life-long commitment to health and love of neighbor, Lizzie donated her body for scientific research. Survivors include her two daughters, Olivia Alsbrooks and husband Bill of Fairfax and Kay Ellerman and husband Gary of Radford; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, with whom she spent many happy days; two sisters; one brother; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Radford on March 22, 2014 at 3 p.m., preceded by a reception at 1 p.m.