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W.O.

October 1, 1925 March 17, 2022
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Winton Oziel Whittle was born to Norton Fagg Whittle and Bessie Alline McDonald Whittle on the Whittle Homestead in the Sycamore Community south of Chattahoochee, Florida on October 1, 1925. He attended school in Greensboro, Florida and graduated High School in 1944. He attended the University of Florida, earned his BSE Degree, a four-year program and graduated within three years in 1947. After graduation, he began teaching at Moore Haven High School, Moore Haven, FL, from 1947 through 1952. While teaching, he also attended classes at the U of F and earned his Master's Degree in 1952. Oziel bleeds "Orange and Blue."

"W.O.", or "Whit", as he's known by many, is recognized in the Florida Educational Systems, County and State offices, and agricultural programs for his innovative ideas, presence and directions creating and advancing many of the state's farming institutions and programs in operation today. Examples of offices held; Assistant County Agent for Leon County, Columbia/Hamilton Counties, and Lafayette County. Executive Secretary, Florida Federation of Fairs and Livestock Shows, and Chief, Bureau of State Markets, Florida Department of Agriculture, to name a few. As example of a program initiated, he, working with Mr. Irvin Gregory of Havana, is responsible for planting and harvesting the first marketable tomato crop in Gadsden County.

Whit's civic involvements and awards are many. He spent his life serving others, family first, and others equally. To name but a few; He was a Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductee, Florida/Future Farmers of America Hall of Fame Inductee, a Lifetime Lion's Club Member, Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions Club Lion of the Year, Club President, Zone Chairman, and Region Chairman. He was an Alpha Gamma Rho member and AGR 25-year Testimonial Award Recipient. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star. He funded numerous young people's/student's educations completely through their bachelor's degree programs, and many after completing their degrees. His financial charity to individuals, families and institutions was without complaint or thought of recovery. He gave unselfishly to individuals and families and charities. He asked for nothing in return.

The Whittle's are a founding family of the Sycamore Community and the Sycamore Methodist Church. He was a long-time member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Quincy, Florida. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Oziel is survived by his sister Betty Nell Butler of Thomasville, Georgia, dear friend Mary Ogletree of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, niece Karen Alday-Henderson of Sycamore, nephews Norton Alday (Gloria) San Antonio, Texas, Dale Whittle (Kathleen) San Diego, California, Bruce Butler, Kenneth Butler (Jamie) Thomasville, Georgia, and Scott Whittle. Also Patsy McClellan Harrell (Dave), Charles McClellan (Barbara), Kay McClellan Whiddon (Kenneth) and Mark McClellan (Melanie). He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews.

W.O. is predeceased by his parents and siblings: Hazel Gertrude "Trudie" Whittle Alday, William Quin Whittle, Otho Woodrow Whittle, Norton Felton Whittle, Alva McDonald Whittle, Hershel Keith Whittle, and James Kennard Whittle.

Visitation/viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2022, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Quincy, FL. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2022, at the same location.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Quincy Lions Club and to the Sycamore United Methodist Church.

Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL., 850-627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.

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