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On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, Vernon “Boompa” Whitehead, 90, of Gillett, Texas, was called home to heaven. Vernon was born on May 17, 1932, in Gonzales to James Edward and Viola May (Parker) Whitehead.
Vernon was a U.S. Army veteran, a Mason, a Little League announcer, and member of the First Baptist Church of Gillett. He loved to play golf and sit on his porch and watch his cows. Vernon participated in the Chisolm Trail Ride and was on the Board of Directors of REA of Cuero. He was also known and loved for delivering eggs from Karnes City to Victoria.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Iona (Hartman) Whitehead; sister Edna Mae Whitehead; and brothers James Whitehead, Otis Whitehead, Barney Whitehead, and Chester Whitehead.
Vernon will be dearly missed by his grandsons, Wade Real (Mary), and Monty Real; six great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Frances Krause, Anna Rose Kolb (Doug), and Pauline Koecker; and brother Roy Whitehead (Kathy).
Visitation was held on Sunday, March 12, from 5-8 p.m. in the Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon.
A funeral service was held on Monday at 10 a.m. in the funeral chapel.
Burial followed in the Griffin Cemetery in Gonzales County.
Memorial donations may be made in Vernon’s name to Hospice of South Texas- Victoria at hospice-vic.org.