Larry Luther Monroe Whiten went peacefully home to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at his home in Walkersville, Maryland with Phyllis by his side, after being diagnosed in previous years with Alzheimer’s disease. He was the baby boy of six other siblings, born in Mountville (Sunnyside), Maryland to the late James Luther Rodney Whiten and Gussie Mae Harris Whiten.
Larry was an honors graduate of Lincoln High School in Frederick, Maryland. Almost immediately upon graduation, he enlisted into the United States Navy on July 22, 1958. He completed his basic training and Radioman “C” Cryptography training at the U.S. Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois where he also graduated with honors. His Radioman “A” Communications training was completed in Bainbridge, Maryland, and he was subsequently stationed at the US Naval Facility in Eleuthera, Bahamas. He was honorably discharged on July 26, 1962.
On his return home, Larry was employed by the National Institute of Health as a Security Guard, and by the General Services Administration as a United States Special Police. In 1965, Larry began his career in telecommunications with the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission (now Department of Energy) in Germantown, Maryland, being the recipient of many awards and citations. Upon his retirement in 1997, Larry held various security positions in Frederick and Montgomery counties; and finally spent his last ten years of employment with Securitas Security Services as Security Officer Site Supervisor in Frederick, Maryland.
While employed at the Atomic Energy Commission, Larry met and married Phyllis in 1967. Of that union, they were blessed with a beautiful and delightful daughter, Reesheemah Dionne, who is the mother of two equally wonderful and beautiful daughters, Alexyah Grace, age 14, and Jasmine Marie, soon to be 13.
Larry didn’t have a lot of hobbies, but totally enjoyed playing pool to the max. Even more than playing the game, he was happiest when he was teaching and playing with his granddaughters, who actually beat him once or twice. He also taught the girls and their Mom to swim and dive. He spent many happy moments at the pool with them; and in earlier years, attending his daughter’s gymnastics and diving meets where she excelled and received many first places ribbons, MVP awards and trophies. He was a die-hard Redskins fan, and he loved listening and dancing to “oldies but goodies.” tunes. And, not to forget those intense and endless Pinochle games every weekend with his brother, Jimmy and sister, Alfernia. Sometimes when all the siblings were together, everybody played! He loved, loved, loved being with his entire family.
Larry was a humble, quiet and gentle man. A man of quiet strength. A man of quiet faith. A man of quiet commitment and devotion. A man of quiet wisdom. And a man of quiet unselfishness. Larry was a survivor of quadruple open heart surgery, a survivor of stage 4 throat cancer; and he was a recovering alcoholic, proudly celebrating 32 years of sobriety.
Larry faithfully attended Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, Maryland, pastored by Rev. Carmen Collette. In 2002, Phyllis and Larry were brought into a new, closer, and more intimate relationship with God, through the anointed tutelage and mentorship of Rev. Yolanda Gamble. In 2003, the SURE Fellowship Church was established, where he served faithfully and unselfishly for sixteen years as Minister of the following ministries: Transportation, Security and Finance.
Those remaining to cherish precious memories are his loving and devoted wife, Phyllis; dedicated and loving daughter, Reesheemah Partyka; two loving granddaughters, Alexyah Grace and Jasmine Marie Partyka; loving and dear eldest sister, Micleta Alfernia Dailey; loving mother-in-law, Phoebe Dorsey, who helped care for him; truly devoted nieces and nephews, LaVerne, Mary (Jackie), Joan, Shelly, Sheila, Delores, Linda; Kennard, Wayne, Thomas and Jeffrey; and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to Larry’s parents, he was predeceased by his brother, James Harold Whiten; sisters, Mary Ellen Dail, Joan Gussie Smith, Yvonne Marie Hoy and Helen Jacqueline Tyler.
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