Doris N. Whitmire

Doris N. (Dial) Whitmire

E. Stefan Morris

Obituary for Doris N. (Dial) Whitmire

Doris N. Whitmire

January 17, 1917
to
May 30, 2019

Doris Nadine (Dial) Whitmire 102, passed May 30, 2019 was born in Chetopa, Kansas on January 17, 1917 to the union of Clifford and Anna Dial. She affectionately known by her children as “NaNa” the oldest of four children, Doris Nadine served as a mother figure to her two surviving siblings. All three children were educated in the Chetopa High School System attending Douglas Grade School and graduating from Chetopa High School. Her parents and siblings preceded her in death: Alonzo Henry Dial Sr, Amelia Louise Dial and Katherine Johnson.

Doris Nadine was raised by her paternal grandmother, Miss Jane Dial, who was a strong and strict disciplinarian. Miss Jane Dial was well respected by the whole town and was always addressed as “Miss Jane Dial” by both black and white town residents. Her children were well-educated becoming educators, a college dean and mayor. Miss Jane Dial held the same expectations for her grandchildren.

In 1934, at the age of seventeen, Doris Nadine moved to Kansas City, Missouri, to be with her mother. She began her life with Christ at True Vine Baptist Church at 13 & Cherry under the leadership of Reverend R.E. Holland.

Doris Nadine lived in Kansas City, Missouri for many years, later moving to Argentine,Kansas where she enjoyed gardening, planting fruits and vegetables and raising farm animals. While living in Argentine, she was a member of the Mother’s Board and the Women’s Mission Group. Later moving back to Kansas City, Missouri she started her own business and joined the DeLisa Debs Social Club – a philanthropic women’s organization focused on community development.

Doris Nadine united with Haven of Rest Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Nathan Nelson where she entered holy matrimony with William H. Whitmire – affectionately referred to as “Pops”. She attended Malachi Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Donald Tittle Jr. until her health began to decline.

As a mother she passed her strong faith in God onto her nine children: Shirley, Walter, Robert, Beverly, Frances, Donna, Jerome, Alyce and Angela. Church attendance was mandatory. She was a strong strict disciplinarian who was passionately stern. She installed the sanctity of family and unity, teaching her children to be one for all and all for one. Her motto was: “If one is in trouble – everyone better go see about that one. If one is down all are down. If one is up, all are up”. Doris Nadine Promoted moral values, self-respect and respect of others. Her beloved husband:

William H. Whitmire (Pops); three children: Shirley Ann Looney, Robert Mathis Sr. and Frances O’Neal; five grandchildren: Doris Nadine Mathis, Debra Mathis, Walter Mathis IV, Royce Turner II and Marvin O’Neal; two great-grandchildren: Ja’Von Looney and James Austin Turner preceded her in death.

Doris Nadine departed this life on Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 11 days after her beloved ” best child” Shirley Ann. There is comfort in knowing they are together. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28.

Doris Nadine is the matriarch of six generations. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her children: Walter (Norma) Mathis III, Beverly Young, Donna (Clarence) White, Jerome (Teresa) Norris Jr. Alyce (Willie) Mitchell and Angela Norris: two bonus brothers: Robert Dorsey and Clifford Dorsey; longest living friend: Willa Roberts and a host of grandchildren, cousins, relatives and friends.

Visitation Details

Date and Time:

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Location:

Paseo Baptist Church

2501 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108

Service Details

Date and Time:

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at
12:00 PM

Location:

Paseo Baptist Church

2501 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108

Interment Details

Interment Type: Cemetery

Fort Leavenworth Cemetery

Leavenworth, Kansas

Professional Services Entrusted to Elite Funeral Chapel 11525 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, MO. 64134. Tel: (816) 765-0141 Fax (816) 765-5500