Arlis C.B. Whitlock, "Whit", a true "rough and ready cowboy" full of fun-filled escapades with many lifelong friends, died on September 11, 2016, in Fort Smith, AR. Born in Canyon, Texas on June 15, 1928, he moved with his family at a young age to Flint Creek, OK. There he acquired the multiple skills of farming and cowboying- plowing the fields by day with his half-mustang, Snip, and bucking her out of rodeo chutes by night. He often jumped Snip off the Flint Creek Bridge for a quick cool down. C. B. chose most days...
Arlis C.B. Whitlock, "Whit", a true "rough and ready cowboy" full of fun-filled escapades with many lifelong friends, died on September 11, 2016, in Fort Smith, AR. Born in Canyon, Texas on June 15, 1928, he moved with his family at a young age to Flint Creek, OK. There he acquired the multiple skills of farming and cowboying- plowing the fields by day with his half-mustang, Snip, and bucking her out of rodeo chutes by night. He often jumped Snip off the Flint Creek Bridge for a quick cool down. C. B. chose most days to ride his horse to school at Little Kansas, OK, where his favorite subjects were algebra and basketball. It was while riding "Ole Snip" in downtown Siloam Springs that he met his soul mate, Reva Alyene Porter. On July 4, 1947, Reva boarded the Siloam train to Yuma, AZ, where she and C.B. were married. While working with his dad setting up gasoline refinery plants in AZ, they began a life filled with adventure, love and horses. Their two children, Cheri and Tony were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from their dad during his 88 years, among them: always wear a double pocketed western shirt to keep all your valuables in, never be caught without your Stetson on, coffee at the Stateline Café with the "gang" is the best start to the day, and always carry a pistol in your pickup just for good measure. C. B. had the "gift of gab": he never met a stranger. No wonder he was a friend to people of all walks of life; cowboys, farmers, bankers, businessmen, and the good ole guy down the street. His greatest satisfaction, besides his family, came from having a well-trained horse under him, getting people to laugh by "playing pranks" on kids and adults, watching so many old time western movies that he had them memorized by heart, and "chowing down" steak and eggs at midnight after a long rodeo. His parents, Columbus Brownlo Whitlock and Rosa Ella Kendrix preceded him in death, as well as, his wife of 64 years, Reva, who died in 2011. Now they are riding high up in the heavens on trails that have no end.
His daughter, Cheryl "Cheri" Edwards and her husband Butch; a son, Tony Whitlock of Houston, TX and wife Sharon survive C.B. He was a much-loved "Peepaw" to six treasured grandchildren: Dax Edwards, Esti Edwards Corcoran, Emberli Edwards, Courtney, Britni and Chase Whitlock. He has 4 great grandchildren: Colt, Cambell, Cage Corcoran and Daxon Edwards.
C.B.'s generous life was spent in service to others. He was a member of the First Christian Church where he was baptized by his friend and minister, Jack Steele, February 24, 1985. He was a life-long member of the Siloam Springs Mounted Patrol, manager of the Siloam Springs Riding Club's "Golden Promenaders" Quadrille, founding member and president of the Flint Creek Riding Club, life-long member of the Siloam Springs Riding Club serving in many capacities from Vice-President to parade/rodeo chairman, 32nd Degree Master Mason and 50-year lifetime member of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, West Siloam Board of Directors, and Executive Board Member of the Cowboy Regional Rodeo Association.
C.B. professional life took him many places across the United States. As a young man, he and his dad's construction company took them and their families through Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico before settling down once again at his childhood Flint Creek, OK, farm and dairy milk truck route. This entailed loading 10-gallon metal milk cans picked up at each dairy farm in the area to go to the Siloam Kraft milk plant. After his father's death, he owned several businesses in Siloam Springs, AR, including Whitlock Tire Shop and Whitlock Deep Rock gas station. As the Siloam Springs City Engineer he rebuilt most of Siloam Springs after the Sager Creek flood of 1974, was the Manager of Farmers Co-op, and was the senior construction director and project manager of several resort developments: Megan Cove in Grove, OK, Lakeside Village in Rock Wall, TX, Red River Ranch in Burneyville, Oklahoma, and Flint Ridge in Kansas, OK.
Pallbearers are: Butch Edwards, Dax Edwards, Alan Jones, Joe Williams, Ronnie McGhee, Chase Whitlock, Lee Reed, & Ronnie Pearson. Honorary pallbearers are: Walter Gray, Doug Williams, Gerrell Smith, Forrest Corcoran and Marty Thompson.
C.B. will lie in state at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs, AR, Friday, September 16, 2016. The family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. that night. The funeral service will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at First Christian Church. Pastor John Harris of Hartford, AR, will provide music and the meditation message. Mr. Doug Williams, Friend and Rodeo Announcer from Ida Bell, OK, will provide personal reflections. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Family will also greet friends at 10:00 to 11:00 preceding the funeral at the First Christian Church in Siloam Springs, AR.
Memorials may be made to Methodist Nursing Home "Golden Years Church Ministry", 1915 South 74th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903; Siloam Springs First Christian Church, 1405 West Jefferson, Siloam Springs, AR, 72761; Cowboy Regional Rodeo Association, P.O. Box 122, Sallisaw, OK 74955.
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