George Anderson Litaker

Published 5:43 pm Friday, June 8, 2012

Litaker, George Anderson (Toby), a lifelong resident of White City, 95, stepped peacefully into the presence of his Lord on Friday, June 8, 2012, at his daughter’s home.


Mr. Toby was a beloved son, husband, father, uncle and friend to many who dedicated his life in service to others. He was deeply loved and will certainly be missed. He often joked about how good it felt to be old and loved by so many. He said he learned a lot of things by living to be old that he otherwise would not have known. He was absolutely positive that computers were going to be the “ruination” of the world!

He was a lifelong member of White Pond Baptist Church, where he served the Lord in many capacities. At one time or another, he was a song director, Sunday School teacher, chairman of the board of deacons and member of the pulpit, nominating and financial committees. He always looked for ways to help others, especially widows. There’s probably only a few yards in the community that he hasn’t cut.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Naomi Raines Litaker, and devoted son-in-law, Gary Randall Jones. He is survived by his only daughter, Shirley Litaker Jones of White City; two nephews, Pat Farley Jr. (Virginia) of White City and and George Herman Farley of Prattville; two nieces, Gladys Farley Moore of White City and Johnnie Fay Farley Nobles of Prattville; one sister-in-law, Grace Raines Williams (Eugene) of White City; one brother-in-law, Aubrey Raines (Jimmie) of Prattville; special friend, Etoice Reed Mims of Clanton; and many extended family members and a host of friends. Viola Banks was a special friend that assisted with his care for many years, and he always enjoyed her company. They discussed the Bible and its remedies for the problems in churches and the world today. Two new special friends were Karan and Estella, his hospice nurse and aide. His parents, John Oliver Litaker and Gladys Campbell Litaker also preceded him in death along with his sister, Pauline Litaker Farley and her husband, Pat Farley.

He retired from Continental Eagle, but all his friends and family knew his first love was farming and raising cows. That was his “hobby.” He continued to raise cows while working at Continental Eagle. Many were “nursed back to health” by him that others thought would die on his truck before making the trip from Clanton to White City. He was lovingly called the “Mayor of White City” by his buddies, Bobby and Jimmy Martin. He believed in attending funerals of his family and friends and seldom missed one when he was able to go.

He loved his Lord and wanted everyone to know how He had blessed him.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. from White Pond Baptist Church with the Rev. Warren Culver and the Rev. Woodie Turner officiating. Due to heavy rain, the service was concluded at the church rather than the cemetery by the Rev. Lamar Lyone and the Rev. Doug Powell. Serving as pallbearers were nephews Don Collins, Michael Jackson Manning, Michael Warren Manning, Alton Moore Jr. (Pete), Ronnie Moore (Aubrey) and Ronnie Moore (Gladys). Honorary pallbearers were his Sunday School class–Milton Donovan, Eugene Williams, Pat Farley, Herschell Weldon, Pete Huett, Ralph Wright and Aubrey Raines; along with Sonny Chavers, J.E. Driver, George Herman Farley, J.D. Gray, Paul Griffin, Ralph Hughes, Collier Hunt, Dr. Kent Johns, Earl Manning, James Raines, Bobby Rhodes, Floyd Smith and Howard Smith. Music was provided by Marilyn Fisher (pianist) and Sharon Jones (organist). “Amazing Grace” was sung by hospice nurse, Karan Hollis; and singing “Whispering Hope” were Rita Raines Moore and Glenda Cox.