Jerry N. Whittle
January 10, 1947 - November 10, 2017
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 Jerry Whittle was born on January 10, 1947 in Seneca, South Carolina, and passed away on November 10, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delzie Cleo McGuffin Whittle and Ambus Pat Whittle; his sister, Patsy Louise Whittle; and by his first wife, Karin Winkle Whittle.He is survived…

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Wanda McLaren and Sara Pickens left a message on November 14, 2017:
Merilyn my mom and I wish to offer our deepest sympathy ...Jerry was a huge reason we now have the Whittle Reunion. While trying to find his book for my mom (Aunt Sara) found a way to reconnect with my cousin Jerry, whom I had not seen since Uncle Pat's funeral. We will be unable to make the service in SC due to my husband also passing away recently...I understand your heartbreak...if you need to talk call me...we love you and will miss Jerry very much
Rebecca Ntshalintshali left a message on November 14, 2017:
I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I only met him a couple times but heard so many great things about him from my brother, Nicholas Schmittroth. The world has lost another amazing man.
Bob and Carolun Sasser left a message on November 14, 2017:
Mr. Whittle you will be missed very much You were such a support to our daughter Angela Sasser Wolf from the day she went to Buddy Program until now! We love you and Mrs Marilyn very much! Prayers for all! You have been such a mentor to so many adults and children! Marilyn you are in our thoughts and prayers Love you! Thanks Jerry for every thing you did for our daughter
Cherranne Verduin left a message on November 13, 2017:
Mr. Whittle always gave fun writing assignments in Braille class, and he was the creative mind, director, and sometimes actor behind dozens of plays, but those are only two things he was known for. He was a wonderful man whose positive impact lasted for decades. My deepest condolences are with Miss Merilynn, Mr. Whittle's family, and all who knew and loved him. Rest in peace, Mr. Whittle.
Suzie Yost left a message on November 13, 2017:
my deepest sympathy to Marilyn and all of Jerry's family. He will be dearly missed and all of you will be remembered in my prayers.
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David Faucheux left a message on November 13, 2017:
I met Mr. Whittle when I became a student at the Louisiana Center for the Blind in late 1988. His quiet determination to instill a love of braille and of literature in his students will forever remain with me. I learned that he left a Ph.D. program to join the staff at the Center where he felt he could make the greatest difference. He did and will be long remembered by all those who came in contact with him. He also leaves behind a rich legacy of plays, novels, a memoir, and short stories. Rest in peace.
Robert Jaquiss left a message on November 13, 2017:
My wife Laurie and I knew Jerry when we lived in Louisiana. Laurie did her training at the LCB. I knew Jerry due to my involvement with the NFB of Louisiana. He was a great man and will be missed.
Jennifer Dunnam left a message on November 12, 2017:
I met Jerry whittle when I was a teenager at one of my first NFB events, and since then he has never ceased to be a strong influence in my life—even though I have lived across the country from him for the past 25 years. The first significant conversation that he and I had was about the use of the slate and stylus. Although I knew the basics of how to use this equivalent of a pen or pencil for writing braille, my primary writing method was a manual braille typewriter, and therefore my writing using a slate was very slow and inaccurate. As someone nearing the beginning of college in an era before computers or refreshable braille were in common use, I was becoming concerned that my only alternative to a noisy brailler in the college classroom would be to record the audio of classes and take notes from the recordings later--a process that would no doubt take a lot of extra time. When I expressed this to Jerry, he immediately began encouraging me on the use of the slate and stylus, offering tips for how I could start practicing now in order to be ready to take notes in college. Knowing that I planned to move to Ruston Louisiana attend college, where he taught, he offered to teach me grade 3 braille if I would come by from time to time. Ultimately, for my entire freshman year of college, he volunteered his time to worked with me for an hour every Tuesday, after his official work day was done, to help make sure I could take notes well. From time to time, he would ask me to read aloud in braille to him from some of his favorite writers, like William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Somerset Maugham. With the arrogance of an 18-year-old, I thought that perhaps this was my favor to him to pay back for his efforts; in reality, he was taking yet another opportunity to teach me, coaching me on how to smooth out my oral reading delivery by slowing down a bit and using both hands. It is questionable how I would have made it through college without that volunteer help from my friend and fellow Federationist. Jerry taught me much during the several subsequent years I lived in Ruston—about acting in and directing plays, about the history of the National Federation of the Blind, and about ways to teach others braille so that it could be a truly useful tool in their daily lives. When I moved to Minnesota to teach braille at BLIND, Inc., his teaching methods infused my work, so that those students in turn felt his influence. Jerry is also the reason I got connected with the Braille Authority of North America; he first recommended me for one of the committees, and then, when the NFB needed a new representative to the board, he was the one who suggested me. I will always be grateful for the opportunities that I have had because of Jerry Whittle. There are hundreds if not thousands of others who can tell similar stories about his tireless dedication to improving people's lives and to building the Federation, one person at a time. Jerry Whittle has left the world a much better place than he found it. May all of us whose lives he touched keep working to pass it on.
Conrad & Karol Austen left a message on November 12, 2017:
Mr. Whittle, Conrad and I admire you and love you for everything you taught us. You will certainly be missed and remembered for your work, friendship, courage, love and determination. Thank you for changing our life and the lives of many others that got the privilege of learning from you. Love, Karol & Conrad.
Bruce Sanders left a message on November 12, 2017:
Merilynn, Diane and I are so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Whittle was a good man who was so dedicated to helping others. It breaks my heart that this happened. I pray for you and know that this will be a very hard time for you. May God give you the strength to make it through this. Diane and I love you very much.
jessiaca left a message on November 12, 2017:
thank you for your humor, love, faith, and all the gifts you’ve given over the years. Fly hi my friend, for you are with the Lord. Also, hit a few out of the park for me. I know you will. God bless you my dear friend
Joe Higdon left a message on November 12, 2017:
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