Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo with the Rev. Dr. Howard Griffin, pastor and the Rev. Dr. Murray Gossett, associate pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Whittenburg was born March 20, 1944, to Roy Robert Whittenburg and Grace Evelyn McKee Whittenburg. He received his BBA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1965 and his JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1968. He married his beloved, Ann Boxwell Bynum Whittenburg, on July 23, 1965, and together they have nine children and 26 grandchildren.
He co-founded a law firm with his brother, Louis Palma McKee “Mack” Whittenburg, and practiced law for nearly 49 years. He gained widespread recognition in the legal community for several high-profile cases, his service on the American Law Institute’s governing Council and for his ability to solve novel problems using his extensive legal experience. Texas Monthly aptly described him in a 1996 cover story: “In person, George has a congenial personality, but during a lawsuit, he is a pit bull.”
Survivors include his wife, Ann Boxwell Bynum Whittenburg; nine children and 26 grandchildren—Viviann Grace Whittenburg Lawson and husband David (Hope and Luke), Robert Roy Whittenburg and wife Cheree (Austin, Seth and Parker), James Smith Bynum Whittenburg and wife Julie (Rachael, Rebecca and George), Christi Ann Whittenburg Patrick and husband Jason (George, Vivian and James), Joseph William Whittenburg (Gus and Boone), Benjamin Burkhart Whittenburg and wife Amber (Brad, Abby, Landon and Gracie), Angela Kate Whittenburg Wang and husband Peter (Wyatt, Alexandra and Owen), Jacob McKee Whittenburg (Kate and Jack) and Abby Whittenburg Finch and husband Patrick (Samuel, Angie, Autumn and Ava); and six siblings—Grace Evelyn Coltrin, Jewel Anne Johnston, Louis Palma McKee Whittenburg, John Burkhart Whittenburg, Mary Lois Rowley and Roy Robert Whittenburg, Jr.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, at the funeral home.