Angelyn (Angie) Gatlin Whiddon, daughter of Fort Lauderdale pioneers Broward Governor and Willie Ophelia Gatlin and wife of the late Gene Austin Whiddon went to the loving arms of her savior Jesus Christ on January 13, 2021.
Born in Palatka, Florida, Angie moved to Ft. Lauderdale when she was six months old. Her parents owned and operated some of the earliest independent grocery stores in the downtown area.
Upon graduation from high school, Angie served as Dental Assistant to the late Dr. Arvin W. Mann. In 1950 she married the love of her life, Gene Whiddon, whom she had first met at First Baptist Church when both attended Ft. Lauderdale High School. Gene’s parents (Col. Oscar Ray and Mary Alma Whiddon) were also pioneers who founded Causeway Lumber Company in 1939.
Angie, alongside husband Gene, was active in several philanthropic, community and church causes such as the Ft. Lauderdale Opera Guild, Museum of Art, Discovery Center, Freedoms Foundation, the American Cancer Society, United Way of Broward County and the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society. Upon her husband’s death in 1989, she served as Chairman of Causeway Lumber Company until her retirement in 2006.
A special place in Angie and Gene’s hearts was the First Baptist Church of Ft. Lauderdale where they met, wed and served for over 75 years.
Aside from her contributions to the community, Angie was a strong influence and advocate for her family. A loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed, but we rejoice in her reunion with her beloved Gene and her savior, Jesus.
Angie is survived by her sons, Gene Whiddon Jr. (Cathy) and Michael Scott Whiddon (Margaret) both of Ft. Lauderdale. Six grandchildren, Lindsey Grace Whiddon, Stephanie Austin Chapman (Steven), Caroline Elisabeth Whiddon, Gene Austin Whiddon III, Alexandra Scott Whiddon and Harrison Andrew Whiddon. Two great-grandchildren, Olivia Grace Chapman and Elle Elizabeth Chapman. Her sister, Barbara Jean Nolen of Asheville, NC. Her daughter, Tari Lynn Whiddon preceded her in death in 2006.
A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, January 19 at the First Baptist Church of Ft. Lauderdale, 301 East Broward Boulevard at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that if so led you honor Angie through a contribution to either the First Baptist Church or Live the Life South Florida Ministries.
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