Ella Joyce Whiting was born on Feb. 27, 1942, in Monticello, Georgia, to the late Neal Freeman Jr. and Margaret Clark.

Ella received her education from Jasper County Training School and graduated in 1960. After finishing school, Ella's high school sweetheart joined the U.S. Air Force, where they were blessed to be together as one. She united in holy matrimony on March 10, 1962, to the love of her life, the late Roosevelt Whiting Sr. The two lovebirds traveled to many places and lived in many states across the United States. After many years of deployment, the couple landed in Sumter at Shaw Air Force Base, which became her home away from home.

At an early age, Ella began her spiritual journey with the Lord at St. John CME Church in Monticello. She later moved her membership to Cherryvale Baptist Church in Sumter. Ella served in many capacities and anywhere else needed in the house of the Lord, until her health began to fail.

Ella's family was always top flight and her children and grandchildren would supersede over anything. Her hobbies were planting flowers, crossword puzzles, cooking and playing the lottery. However, her passion was taking care of people in her community. To fulfill this passion, Ella was the mother of the parks where she resided - Briarcliff Mobile Home Park and Terwood Mobile Home Park in Sumter. Ella quietly departed this life on Saturday, May 23, 2020, after a brief stay at National Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Sumter.

Ella leaves to cherish her memories: three children, Roosevelt "Deno" Whiting Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona, Terry Lee Whiting (Lisa) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Allen Whiting of Los Angeles, California; special granddaughter, Nyshelle Whiting of Sumter; four handsome grandsons, Travis Whiting (Latonya) of Hephzibah, Georgia, Kyle Davis (Ashunta) of Ellenwood, Georgia, Levi Whiting and Aaron Whiting of Portland, Oregon; one brother, Leonard (Catherine) Davis; seven sisters, Lottie Norris, Ida Lou (Charlie) Davis-Minter, Bonnie Davis and JoAnn (Johnny) Thurman, all of Monticello, Laverne Pennamon and Robbie Davis, both of Covington, Georgia, and Shirley Johnson of Atlanta; one daughter-in-law, Sandra Whiting of Augusta, Georgia; three great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one uncle, Joe K. Davis Sr.; one aunt, Annette Tripp; a special loving cousin, Richard Davis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents; second dad, John Thomas Davis; husband; loving son, Tony Whiting; grandson, Antoine Osborne; sister, Vivian Freeman; and brother, Johnny L. Davis Sr.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Southview Cemetery, 343 Southview St., Monticello, GA 31064.

Services have been entrusted to Smith and Son's Funeral Home, 923 Funderburg Drive, Monticello, GA 31064.

Courtesy announcement of Job's Mortuary Inc.