Robert Whitehead was born in Macon, MS, October 6, 1944, to Jack Randall and Mae Miller Whitehead. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack R. Whitehead, and his sister Peggie McIntyre.
He leaves his much beloved wife Janet Montgomery Whitehead, their son Bob (Julie)Whitehead, their daughter Becky (Matt) Woods. Their six grandchildren Terrie (Thomas) Morrison, Amber Whitehead, Will Woods, Alex Woods, Rachel Whitehead and Jack Woods and great grandson Thomas Morrison. He leaves his sister Carole Rose Murphy and many loved nieces and nephews.
He founded and built two businesses during his lifetime. The first was Whitehead Equipment Company where he was a Stihl distributor for 20 years. Later he founded R.W. Distributors, Inc. with Honda, and has later added Exmark for the last 34 years. He was so thankful for all the people who helped him in growing these businesses and the friends he made through those many years.
Hunting and fishing were a wonderful love for him to share with family and friends. Travel with Janet and friends was also one of his passions.
He went to school for 10 years in Louisville, MS, but graduated from Corinth High School. He graduated from his beloved MSU. He was active in serving as PTO president for Brandon High School. He served on the Rankin County School Board of Education for 11 years. He was a great supporter of MSU. He had served on the MSU Foundation Board several times and loved to attend all the games.
He accepted His Savior Jesus when he was nine at First Baptist Church Louisville, MS. He loved to serve his Lord and Savior. He worked with New Orleans Baptist Seminary over forty years helping with scholarship, swap shop and many other projects. He worked with Ram missions. He helped Yellowstone Baptist College while it was in Billings, MT. He also worked with American Seminary, Blue Mountain College, and William Carey University. He was humbled when William Carey University presented him with an honorary Doctorate Degree in 2021 for his support of the University and their evangelic programs. He was privileged to be a charter member of Brandon Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and on many committees. He started mission groups going to WY for several years and led some to Louisiana.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS and on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 10am-11am at Brandon Baptist Church in Brandon, MS. Funeral Services will begin at 11am on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Brandon Baptist Church with graveside services to follow at Crestview Memorial Gardens in Brandon, MS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Brandon Baptist Church Building Fund at 100 Brandon Baptist Drive Brandon, MS 39042.