Ephriam J. Whitman, 82, of Pine Bluff, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
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Mr. Whitman was born July 15, 1937, in Du Bois, Pennsylvania, to the late Ephriam and Pauline J. Whiteman. He was reared and received his education in Brookville, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Brookville High School. He attended many colleges including Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage, Alaska; El Paso Community College, El Paso, Texas; University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas; Pines Vocational-Technical School in Pine Bluff; and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
Mr. Whitman was a United States Army veteran and served during Vietnam. He retired from the Army after 27 years of service on October 31, 1981. His last assignment was Installation Sergeant Major at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. Some of his major assignments in the military included: 1st Sgt 42nd Ordinance Det., Senior Instructor at the U. S. Army Chemical Center and School, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) and Senior Instructor of the Chemical, Biological and Radiological School at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was also Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Operations Sergeant in Fort Richardson, Alaska and Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
He was a member of Phi Epsilon Chapter/Kappa Delta Pi and Honor Society in Education. He was on the Board of Directors of the Pine Bluff Arsenal Federal Credit Union for 30 years. He was on the Board of Directors of the American Bowling Congress for 15 years, until it was discontinued in 2005 and then was given a lifetime membership in the new membership organization, The United States Bowling Congress. He was also a member of the Arkansas State Bowling Hall of Fame and was elected to Life Member in the Pine Bluff USBC Bowling Association, The Arkansas State Bowling Association, and the Southern Bowling Congress, Inc.
Survivors include his wife Marianne Whitman, whom he married April 8, 1958, in Manheim, Germany; son, Tom Whitman of Pine Bluff; and a daughter, Margaret Whitman of Pine Bluff; brothers, Robert and Paul Whiteman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene, Arnold and Edward Whiteman; and sisters, Margaret, Della, and Dorothy.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.