Tina Faye Caudill Whitaker was born on May 4, 1910 and she passed away on December 17, 2003, making
her stay on earth 93 years, 7 months and 13 days. She was the daughter of the late Silas and Martha Caudill of
Mill Fork, of Mill Branch at Roxana, Kentucky.
Left to mourn Tina’s passing is her husband, Neldon, who she married on October 5, 1940 at Whitesburg,
Ky. Neldon and Tina were blessed with two children: Shirley June, who resides at the home place on Mill
Branch at Roxana, Ky. And Jimmy Neldon, who resides with his wife, Linda, in Del Ray Beach, Florida. Three
granddaughters: Kimberly Ann Haas, Tammy Sue Zappin and Ida Maria Sellars, all of Ohio; along with five great-
grandchildren: Madison, Jacob, Paige, Sarah and Lily are also left behind to mourn Tina’s passing. Brothers and
sisters left behind to grieve her departing are: Herbert (Charlene) Caudill, Lee (Rudell) Caudill, Jim T. (Thelma)
Caudill, Dovie June (Mart) Ritchie and Mary (Eugene) Shepherd. Preceding Tina in death were: three brothers,
Herman, Hargis and Howard, one sister: Tessie Cornett Caudill; and parents, Silas and Martha Caudill.
Tina lived her full life with a strong faith in Jesus Christ, and every day with her was a testimony of trust and
persuasion. More than fifty years ago, in 1950, Tina made a public commitment to Christ and confirmed her
conversion experience. She waded into the waters of baptism and united with the Indian Bottom Old Regular
Baptist Church. She later became a member of the Little Samuel Memorial Church and October, 1980, Neldon
and Tina moved their membership to the Blair Branch Church.
Tina was a person with vast capacities for love. She loved her husband, Neldon, dearly, her children deeply,
and her family relatives were so special to her. Tina, in her quiet, even tempered, loving, caring, approach to life
made her easy to know, easy to love, and the good person she was to her family, neighbors and friends. Tina
treasured hr relationship with her close neighbors and church family. Tina mentioned many, many times how
great her neighbors were, including Woodrow and Dorla Whitaker and Dole and Merlene Day. Neldon and Tina
always vowed that no person or people could be more considerate, more helpful and unselfish than these
friends. Tina has now gone to her heavenly realm and we are left with many lingering precious memories.
|Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
Life is worth the living because He lives
And then on day, I’ll cross that river
I’ll fight this final war with pain
And then as death gives way to victory
I’ll see the light of glory and I’ll know He lives.
Neldon Whitaker was born on June 4, 1911 and passed away on February 21, 2004, being 92 years, 8 months
and 17 days of age at the time of his passing. Neldon was the son of the late Squire and Ida Whitaker. Neldon’s
wife, Tina, preceded him in death on December 19, 2003. Neldon and Tina was married in a court house
ceremony in Whitesburg, Ky. On October 5, 1940, by the Reverend Cullen Hogg, a Regular Baptist minister, who
also was a cousin to Neldon’s mother.
A daughter, Shirley June, and a son, Jimmy Neldon, (Linda) are left behind to mourn Neldon’s passing. Three
devoted granddaughters, Kimberly Ann Haas, Tammie Sue Zappin, and Ida Mae Sellars, along with five great
grandchildren, Madison, Jacob, Paige, Sarah and Lily, are also left behind to grieve Neldon’s passing. One
brother, James, and three sisters, Mary Jane Davis, Ina Mae Ison and Phyllis Ann Gibson, are also left behind.
Preceding Neldon in death, besides his wife, Tina, was a brother, Narce, and sisters, Dana and Babie Marlie, and
his parents, Squire and Ida Whitaker.
The many family members, friends and acquaintances Neldon acquired and nurtured down through the years of
life, close neighbors, contemporaries in his employment , the many clientele or customers of the electric power
company he so faithfully served, and his large church family are practically innumerable because he touched so
many, many lives. Neldon was quiet and unassuming, seemingly, but when you got to really know him, he was
congenial, outgoing and ready to help anyone and everyone he could. Surely the most important feature of Neldon’
s life was the fact that he loved the Lord and he demonstrated that relationship during his life. Neldon publicly
proclaimed his conversion experience and confirmed his strong belief in the saving power of Jesus Christ by
entering the waters of baptism in 1958. He joined the Little Samuel Memorial Regular Baptist Church at Lothair,
Ky. And in October, 1980, he moved his membership to the Blair Branch Church. During these ensuing years,
Neldon served the Church as an ordained deacon and he also served as church clerk.
Neldon entered the military and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He served a long career with
the Kentucky Power Company as a lineman and he and his work truck were welcomed by many people who lost
electricity during winter ice and snow storms and were waiting for the power to be turned back on. Needless to
say, Neldon’s occupation was very rewarding and it was a joy to him to help others. Neldon’s life was full, full of
activity, full of love. He treasured the close friendship and neighborliness of his friends. He often commented on
how good, helpful and great were Woodrow and Dorla Whitaker, and Doyle and Merlene Day. No people could
have helped Neldon and Tina more than these folds during times of need and distress. They were always willing
and ready to help when they were needed. Neldon’s whole life gravitated to such. He will sorely be missed. His
Church will miss him, he really enjoyed the visits from his Church family so much. Neldon will be missed by his
community, his neighbors, his friends and most of all, by his family. Our family appreciates so very much all the
times our ministers and church members came to our house, but especially to the nursing home and hospital to visit
with Mother and Daddy. They appreciated their visits and prayers so much. They especially appreciated the
many, many times that Brother Gillis Reedy came to our home and to the nursing home and hospital and sang
many lovely songs to them. It meant so much to them.
My brother, Jimmy, his wife, Linda and I, along with my three nieces, Kim, Tammy, and Ida, have had many
times we thought about Mother and Dad and would have liked to tell them of some of the cute things that the great
grandchildren have done or said or thought of other things we would have liked to tell them. But we would not wish
them back in their sickness because we know they are resting in perfect peace waiting for the day that we can join
Daughter, Shirley June Whitaker
Son, Jimmy Neldon Whitaker