Richard D. Whitfield, 67, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2020. He was born in Odessa, Texas, to Bill and Georgia (Lambert) Whitfield. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Monahans, Texas, where Richard started to develop skills in English and music that played a significant part in his life. He is a graduate of Permian High School in Odessa and he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Richard lived and worked in several places, including Merced and Monterey, California; Yosemite National Park; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Denton, Odessa, Fort Worth, Austin and Laredo, Texas, before moving to Lubbock.
Richard was an editor, one of the best. He shared his enthusiasm for the English language by volunteering at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Laredo’s bookstore and by editing documents and books for friends and family. Richard could always recommend a good book and was always on the lookout for used book sales and independent bookstores.
Richard sang in the choir at several Methodist Churches and filled in for pianists when asked to play. He was a talented piano tuner as well.
Richard volunteered at food banks and for Volunteers Serving the Need, a thrift store benefiting military veterans, in Laredo. He helped out at the FUMC Laredo annual rummage sale, food distribution program, and fall pumpkin patch, specializing in making people smile and offering to take their photos. Richard also could be seen picking up trash on his daily walks or tending to his plants.
Richard is survived by his wife, Melissa and their son, Daniel, of Lubbock; his sister, Carole Troha and husband, Joe, of Many, Louisiana; and brother, Ward Whitfield and wife, Karla, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia Whitfield, and father, Bill Whitfield.
Arrangements are under the personal care of Combest Family Funeral Homes in Lubbock. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at a memorial service in Fairy, Texas, to be determined at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to local food banks.
Carla Paylor Rhodes
San Angelo, TX
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
A wonderful man. He will be sorely missed.
Mickey Corby Fadem
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
I know he is in the arms of angels,
Missy and Daniel, so sorry for your loss
Monday, November 16, 2020
Richard was a special man. He will be missed by many. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. I pray you are comforted by the love of your family and friends.
Karina Dominguez Smith
Sunday, November 15, 2020
My deepest condolences for your loss. May his life and legacy of care be a comfort to you.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
My Sincerest Condolences Myssi. My continued prayers for you and your family.