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Numan Dean Whittle of Dallas went home to his merciful Lord in the afternoon of January 24th, 2018. He was preceeded in death by his beloved wife - Mary Helen, son-Raymond and grandson-Russell. He was deeply loved by his three daughters: Phyllis Miller (Carl), Barbara Terry (Mark) and Wanda Boyce (Danny). He thoroughly enjoyed his remaining nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He proudly served our country with the United States Army Air Forces in World War II on Tinian Island during the time of atomic war. He was barely a legal adult when his service began. His natural abilities and sense of adventure carried him through deployment. Not until his 70's did any of his family know he had been the airplane mechanic on the top-secret flight that carried the third, undetonated atomic bomb to the Philippines for long-term storage.
After returning from war, he and Mary Helen grew their family. He decided to become a truck driver and successfully drove three million miles over the next 30+ years without an accident. He retired from truck driving and they settled into life with grandchildren and caretaking of older relatives.
He loved to entertain guests and relished gatherings where he presided over an ever-growing family. He was involved in numerous civic and farming organizations over the years and was a long-time member of Prairie Creek Baptist Church. He and Mary Helen founded and built multiple businesses through the years including the Whittle Feed Store which is now owned and vibrantly operated by his youngest daughter, Wanda. Three generations of Whittles have worked in the Feed Store.
Numan was an avid newspaper reader and often gifted those around him with readings (and spellings of words) of the Dallas Morning News and Wall Street Journal. He was a proud Republican and supporter of the 2nd amendment.
In his last months, he was lovingly cared for by his longtime assistant, Maria, as well as caregivers Carmen, Darlene and Peggy. We are profoundly grateful to Mr. Paul Markowitz of Senior Living Specialists for his support and guidance over the last 18 months. We owe a debt of gratitude to Reliant Home Health, in particular Monica, who provided home health services. Numan was very fond of Monica and could remember details of their conversations long after Alzheimer's had robbed him of so many memories.
In his final days, Numan was in the care of a true angel, Natalie Milas, of Notice Care Homes. She and her staff gently tended to him with dignity and grace. We are grateful to the staff of Baylor University Medical Center Emergency Department and 11 Roberts for taking such good care of our beloved father/grandfather. We will always hold dear the nurse who stood beside him as he breathed his last breath, Charry. He went home to glory in peace for which we are eternally thankful.