Harold Whitson


Harold Dean Whitson was born on August 12, 1947 in Fayette, Alabama to Wilbert Whitson and Olivia Whitson. He departed this life on September 2, 2022 at 6:47am at The Ohio State University Hospital East.

Harold moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Columbus, Ohio in 1959. Harold remained her until his passing. He was employed at the State of Ohio School for the Blind, and Columbus School Board of Education for several years.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Olivia Whitson; daughter, Shannon Devonshire; most recently by his sister, Mary Neil Kendrick.

Harold leaves to cherish his beautiful memory, children, Travis Lamarr Whitson, Harold Brown, Claudia Hollingsworth, and Douglas Whitson; grandchildren, Chanel Brown, Mya Brown, E.J. Milton, Alex Crump-Whitson, Douglas Whitson Jr., Darion Dean Whitson, and Zaheir Whitson; great grandchild, Kehlani Jade Lushawn Milton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Thursday, September 15, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Mr. Harold will be sadly missed. He meant so much to our family. He was always present and supportive of us growing up and stayed current on our accomplishments as adults. When any of us kids would get out of line, Mr. Harold would pull us aside, and speak life experiences and knowledge into us in such a powerful way. It never felt like discipline, but more like a book or guide to life about character and how to navigate people and situations. It breaks my heart that I will never see him again. However, I am grateful for his influence in/over our lives; his encouraging words, and the early and lasting memories made while he was apart of our lives. Rest in Heavenly Peace, Mr. Harold. Love, Cee-Cee

  2. My blessings to my family as we go through this tough time, to my siblings Claud, and Dougie I send all the love and strength I have.

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