Henry Herman Whitman, age 80, of Hobbs, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on January 5, 2018. He was born on October 21, 1937 in Almond, WI to Fred and Rose Whitman. He joined the Air Force and left home at age 19. Henry was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, TX when he met his first wife, Martha Lou Jones. They were married for 23 years and had two daughters. After eight years in the Air Force and two years in Colorado Springs, they moved to Hobbs in 1968. Henry went back to school and obtained a Bachelor’s degree and taught throughout his life. He was a building trades teacher at Hobbs High, New Mexico Junior College, and later on, at the Prison. Mr. Whitman later married Carol Clark Wallace. They eventually settled back in Hobbs where they have resided for the past 27 years. Henry was a passionate carpenter and built several homes in the area. In fact, there wasn’t much he couldn’t build. Henry loved the outdoors. He loved bass fishing, golfing, and working with his hands. He designed and built his own airplane and numerous model airplanes. One of his most detailed works is his Chama train replica out in his garage. He wanted to sit outside and play with his trains when he was old but he worked so hard he never had much time to play. He built countless pieces of cherished furniture for friends and family. He loved to travel in his RV and just be outside. Anyone who knew him knows he never met a stranger. There wasn’t a person in the world that he wouldn’t help. He loved his friends, his family, and most importantly, God.
Henry is survived by: his wife, Carol Whitman, two daughters, Melissa Harryman and her husband Bill of Midland, TX and Cassie Cates and her husband Donny of Andrews, TX. He also has 9 grandchildren: Callie (Casey) Littlefield, Mary Lynch, Sam (Natalie) Harryman, Jordan (Jerry) Rhoudes, Kylie Wright, Amber Sechrist, and Kerrington, Peyton and Corbin Cates. He has 7 great-grandchildren: Hoyt Littlefield, Landon and Blake Lynch, a great-granddaughter, Emalynn Rhoudes, due in February, and Christian, Kaylie, Cederic, and Kira Sechrist. He is also survived by a brother in Almond, WI, Larry Whitman, his wife Esther, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Rose and Fred Whitman, a sister, Delores Nordness, step-son Mark Wallace, step-daughter Carla Wallace, and a granddaughter, Mackenzie Wright.
We were so shocked and sadden to learn of Henry's passing. We had been friends for over 50 years. However, over the past few years we had not been as close as several years ago. He had done much work for us while we had lived in Hobbs. We attended church together and had, on many occasions, visited in their home as well as his family in our home. Our sincere sympathy to his family.
Ken and Delores Hopkins
Ken and Delores HopkinsCleburne, TX
To all my family down in New Mexico & Texas you are in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Henry was a very cool Uncle, lots of memories which include fishing, camping, playing cards or just sitting listening to him tell stories. We love you all so much.
James, Alexandria & Aurora WhitmanStevens Point, WI
Carol so sorry for your loss. Henry was a good man, friend, and I enjoyed playing golf with him for ten years. I will be praying for God to rap his loving arms around you and be a comfort to you. I hope Henry has a tee time for me when my time comes to join him in heaven.
Hershel-Mickey BaughHobbs, NM
Carol, my prayers are for Father God to give you peace and comfort during this time of grief. Know that your are loved by so many friends and family.
Edward HulseyLongview, TX
Henry was a great teacher, I am so privileged to have had the past few years to get to know him again. I Love the family. Your all in my thoughts & prayers.
Burnelle ClaryHOBBS, NM
Love you two so much! Carol we are praying for you thank God Hilda you close and gives your all the comfort you need.
Derrick and LaToya HooksLovington, NM
My sincere condolences to the Whitman family.
Willie & Luella JacksonLovington, NM
I’m so sorry Cassie and family. Love you girl.
Thoughts and prayer are with the family. We love all of you. We will alway be blessed for having Henry in our life. Thanks to him for bringing us together.
Lynn and Sylvia RobinsonWarner Robins, GA
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will greatly miss Henry. He holds a very special place in our hearts.
Windell, Bretta,Travis WardenHobbs, NM
May God be with you all. My Prayers are with each and every one.God Bless.
Deanna FleckHobbs, NM