Carolyn Harris Whittington James

Carolyn Harris Whittington James, age 77, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be delayed until sometime in 2021.

Carolyn, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, teacher and friend was born August 8, 1943 in Lubbock, Texas.

She grew up in Lockney, Texas and received her undergraduate degree in commercial art from Southern Methodist University. She later received her Masters of Education from Texas Tech University.

She began her career as a commercial artist and ended it as a teacher for over 30 years. Her career included seeing her commercial designs pop up on television and movie screens across the country as well as painting President Nixon and presenting to him. She was inspired by education, the students she taught and received many accolades as an outstanding educator throughout her career.

Carolyn’s life was characterized by her faith in God and her love and devotion to her many friends and family. Carolyn or “Grammy” loved being a grandmother to her five grandchildren as well as helping people.

She had a great sense of humor, the best laugh and was always smiling. She was generous, kind and took great pride in spoiling her kids and grandkids, especially with her impromptu gifts and wonderful cooking. Her selfless and positive attitude was an inspiration to everyone around her. She was very loved and all who knew her will dearly miss her.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Clark and Lucille Harris and husband, Troy Wayne James.

She is survived by her children, Ron Whittington and wife, Dierdre of Flower Mound, Texas and Rainey Smith and husband, Travis of Fort Worth; sister, Joan of Albuquerque, New Mexico; along with five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

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  1. Herman Ballejo on February 1, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Mrs Whittington was my first art teacher at Lockney Jr High in Lockney, Texas. She taught me how to be an observant artist and I’ll forever be grateful. She introduced me to the art of calligraphy which till this day is a passion of mine. Thank you Mrs Whittington for sharing your talents with me and so many others. May God rest you peacefully for ever.

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