It was the third of June, 1936, when William Anthony Whitney was born in Dallas, Texas, to
Homer Higgs Whitney and Lee Lillian Whitney (born Leona Ludmilla Lichnovsky). He died on
July 16, 2022, in Flowood, Mississippi, with his family and beloved corgi, Ginger, by his side.
After spending his early work and family life in Texas, Bill Whitney spent decades in the
investment business in Jackson, Mississippi, working with the trust department of Deposit
Guaranty Bank; Howard, Weil, Labouisse, Fredericks; J. C. Bradford; Prudential Basche; and
ultimately the Mississippi Investment Company (MIMCO), which he co-founded in 2010 with
Tom Bertaut and Forbes Watson.
While he found success and recognition as a financial professional, he found joy and deep
satisfaction on his farm in Rankin County, where he lived with his wife for 40 years. He delighted
in the fish, birds, and other wildlife and in the beauty of the fields, lakes, and woods in every
season—always accompanied by at least one dog; sometimes tending chickens or cows; and,
for a period, sharing it with grandchildren.
To the very end, he worked to provide for his family. Besides them, he loved the natural world,
books of all sorts and poems that he stored in memory for every occasion. He never lost his
delight in the sight of a fox or a hawk, a meal of rare steak or fresh seafood, the success of a gift
chosen for his wife, and the happiness of his children and grandchildren. He laughed easily.
Mr. Whitney is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maria Ursula (Ulla) Whitney; his son Stephen
Whitney (LaDonna) of Flowood and daughter Lisa Whitney (Billy Cochrane) of
Cambridge,Ontario; his grandchildren Noah and Erin Whitney of Brandon and Thaddeus and
Raven Cochrane of Cambridge Ontario; and his sister Yvonne Anderson (Jim) and nephews
Don Tipton (Peggy) and Ryan Anderson of Anchorage, Alaska.
The family extends their deepest thanks to Will Kelly and Antoinette Eberhardt and to the
professionals at Baptist Hospice for their care during his final years, months and days and
requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in his name be made to a conservation- or
animal-related charity of your choice.
Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill. Robert Louis Stevenson, “Requiem”
A visitation will be held at 1 p.m on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at St. Peter’s-by-the-Lake
Episcopal Church (1954 Spillway Rd., Brandon), followed at 2:30 by a brief memorial service for
family and close friends. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS handled arrangements.