Funeral Services for Ernestine Billingsley Whitlow, 92, of the Southland community will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at 11a.m. at Springlake M.B. Church with Rev. Robert Taylor officiating.

 

ERNESTINE WHITLOW
Funeral Services for Ernestine Billingsley Whitlow, 92, of the Southland community will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at 11a.m. at Springlake M.B. Church with Rev. Robert Taylor officiating.
Burial will follow in the Springlake Cemetery in Southland.   Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Springlake M. B. Church.
Ernestine Billingsley Whitlow was born Jan. 25, 1917 in Lexa to Lincoln Billingsley and Fannie Kneeland Billingsley. At an early age, she became a member of the Springlake Missionary Baptist Church. She started the first Bible School at the Springlake Church and she also served as director of the Baptist Training Union. She remained a faithful member of Springlake until her death. 
She attended Southland Institute and graduated from Eliza Miller High School in Helena. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,  after which she began her teaching career. She taught her first two years in Lake View and one year in Marvell. She taught nursery school at AM&N College and Math and English to special veterans classes at AM&N.
Her next five years were spent at Rison. During that time she  pledged Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in the spring of 1951. 
Mrs. Whitlow taught a year at Conway and entered the counseling field while employed there.  She worked 14 years in Forrest City as a counselor. After leaving Forrest City, she worked as director of the West Helena Head Start Center and Helena-West Helena public schools for six years. She has given 33 years of educational service to the public schools of Arkansas.
Destiny has its calling and the Lord placed the death angel on assignment and took Ernestine Whitlow from labor to reward on the evening of Sept. 22, 2009.
Ernestine Whitlow was loved and respected by all whose lives she touched and her memory will live forever in the thoughts of her family and friends.
She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Malachi Carelton Whitlow III; two granddaughters, Angela Bledsoe and Felisha Whitlow; a grandson, David (Santorey) Whitlow, all of Little Rock; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Alcenia B. Walton of Bonharn, Texas; a sister-in-law, Ella (Charles) Billingsley; two special nieces, Cassandra (Ralph) Perry and Fannie (Moselyn) Jenkins; a special great grandson, Christopher Manning Sr.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.