James Clifford Whitten, 76, of Florence, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012 at ECM Hospital. He was a member of the Alabama Bluegrass Music Association. He had a special place in his heart for Bluegrass music. James’ career included playing in many different bands: Rual Yarbrough and the Dixiemen, The Southern Strangers, and currently The Jake Landers Band. The highlight of his career was when he played with Porter Wagner. He also played with Mac Wiseman, Wade Mainer, and three shows with Lonzo and Oscar. But his most favorite memory was when he was playing with The Southern Strangers band in Rome, Georgia at a bluegrass festival and they were called back on stage for an encore 7 times! Another one of his loves was being an auctioneer. He operated an auction house in Rhodesville and assisted with many others around the area.
Visitation will be Sunday, August 20, 2012 from 2 – 4 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home with the funeral service beginning at 4 p.m. in Greenview Memorial Chapel. Officiating will be Ben Hayes. Burial will follow in Riverbend Cemetery.
Mr. Whitten was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Nell Austin Whitten; parents, Jessie and Zelma Handley Whitten.
He is survived by his sons, Clifford A. Whitten (Martha), Tony L. Whitten (Rhonda), Michael J. Whitten all of Florence; daughter, Cheryl A. Price (Doug) of Cherokee; brother, J.C. (Buddy) Whitten (Rita) of Jasper, AL; 6 grandchildren; special friend, Erma Young; numerous nieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers will be Douglas Price, James P. Price, Jeremy Price, Marty Smith, and Andy High.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Robertson, Jake Landers, and Jessie Zills.
An online guest book may be viewed and signed at greenviewmemorial.com.
Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.