Pansy “Pat” Whitaker Ward, passed away on May 24, 2012 at the age
of 94. She was born in Bainbridge, GA on August 8, 1917 to the late Buck and
Ollie Whitaker. Pat was a graduate of Fort Myers High School and went on to
graduate from Lakeland Beauty College. She was a licensed cosmetologist and
owned and operated Pat’s Beauty Shop in LaBelle, FL for 60+ years. Pat married
Archie Ward on May 24, 1938.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Archie Ward;
parents, Buck and Ollie Whitaker; and eight siblings.
She is survived by her daughter, Carole Pilgrim and her husband
Wimpy of Gulfport; her grandchildren, Gaile Dupree and husband Jacob of Salt
Lake City, UT and Joey Pilgrim and wife Jennifer of Perkinston, MS; great
grandchildren, Celeste and Ty Pilgrim of Perkinston, Lauren and Addison Dupree
of Salt Lake City, UT; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:00 to 2:00
pm, with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm, on Friday, May 25, 2012 at
RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport. A reception
will immediately follow at Bel-Aire Baptist Church in Gulfport.
A graveside service will be held at Fort Denaud Cemetery, 1170
Cemetery Road, LaBelle, FL at 4:00 pm, Sunday May 27, 2012. A reception will
immediately follow at First Baptist Church of LaBelle, 330 North Main Street,
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bel-Aire Baptist Church or First
Baptist Church of LaBelle, Fidelas Scholarship Fund .