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Volney Voss Whittington
Louisiana State Senate District 36 (Bossier and Webster parishes)

In office
1928–1932
Preceded by Coleman Lindsey
Succeeded by Coleman Lindsey
Personal details
Born (1893-09-26)26 September 1893
Ivan in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, USA
Died February 4, 1974(1974-02-04) (aged 80)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anna Harris Whittington
Children Ann W. Graham

Florence W. Bigby, later Florence "Flo" Price
Three grandsons:
Voss Whittington Graham
James E. Graham, Jr.
Walter O. Bigby, Jr.

Residence Benton, Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Occupation Banker; Businessman
Religion Baptist

Whittington grave at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Haughton, Louisiana

Volney Voss Whittington, known as V. V. Whittington or Voss Whittington (September 26, 1893 – February 4, 1974),[1] was a banker from Bossier Parish in northwestern Louisiana who served as a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1928 to 1932.[2]

Biography[]

Whittington was born in Ivan in Bossier Parish but resided most of his life in the parish seat of Benton, north of Bossier City. He served in the United States Navy during World War I and was thereafter affiliated with both the American Legion and another veterans organization, the Forty and Eight. He was a Baptist, a Mason, and a member of the Lions Club.[3]

After his state senate service, Whittington was the Bossier parish treasurer.[4] Whittington was the president of the since defunct Bossier Bank and Trust Company, a state-chartered institution founded in 1923. BB&T was ultimately closed on Friday, June 13, 1986, by the Louisiana Banking Commission. It had assets at the time of $204.4 million. BB&T was absorbed by the First National Bank of Shreveport[5] BB&T ultimately became part of the Chase network.

From 1948 to 1949, Whittington was president of the Louisiana Bankers Association, one of five Bossier Parish bankers to have served in the top position. The others were John J. Doles, Sr. (1956–1957) of Plain Dealing (1956–1957), who held Whittington's Senate seat from 1952 to 1956, J. A. "Sonny" Dunnam, Jr., of Benton (1966–1967), John J. Doles, Jr., of Plain Dealing (1982–1983), and Will C. Hubbard (born 1946) of Citizen’s National Bank in Bossier City, who served from 1997 to 1998.[6]

Whittington was also a president of the Louisiana State Fair held each fall in Shreveport and the Red River Waterway Association, an industrial trade association that lobbied for navigation of the Red River through northwestern Louisiana.[7]

Whittington and his wife, the former Anna Harris (1884–1982),[1] resided in Benton. He died at the age of eighty. They are interred at Hillcrest Cemetery in Haughton east of Bossier City.[3] The Whittingtons had two daughters. Ann W. Graham (1921–1983) and her husband, James E. Graham, Sr. (1920–2003),[1] owned Graham's Hardware and had considerable property in Bossier City. They had two sons, Voss Whittington Graham (born 1948), a motivational speaker in Cordova, near Memphis, Tennessee, and James E. Graham, Jr., of Dallas, Texas.[8] Florence, or "Flo" (1923–2009) was first married to State Representative Walter O. Bigby (1927–1980)[1] of Bossier City. They had a son, Walter O. "Walt" Bigby, Jr. (born 1964), a business consultant from Bossier City.[9] Seventeen years after Bigby's death, Florence, a businesswoman in her own right, married Judge Oscar E. Price.[10]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Social Security Death Index". rootsweb.ancestry.com. 
  2. "The Political Graveyard - Index to Politicians: Whitten to Wiczynski". 2009-03-24. http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/whitten-wickware.html#0E41CGTG8. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Political Graveyard: V.V. Whittington". politicalgraveyard.com. http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/whitten-wickware.html. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  4. Clifton D. Cardin, Bossier Parish. Google Books. https://books.google.com/books?id=i4GtEKTzUGIC&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=V.V.+Whittington+of+Bossier+Parish&source=bl&ots=UJy4bii2nh&sig=FKe4MWMdnwvG45qZvfxZzusEHNU&hl=en&ei=cAFYSpzcM6qxtgf_svndCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  5. "Bossier Bank Is Taken Over". The New York Times, June 16, 1096. June 16, 1986. https://www.nytimes.com/1986/06/16/business/bossier-bank-is-taken-over.html. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  6. "Past Presidents of the Louisiana Bankers Association". lba.org. http://www.lba.org/content.cfm?id=63. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  7. "V.V. Whittington". Louisiana State University of Shreveport Archives. http://www.lsus.edu/library/archives/guide/coll049.htm. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  8. "Inner Active Consulting Group, Inc.: Getting You to the Next Level". inneractiveconsulting.com. http://www.inneractiveconsulting.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=3. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  9. "Innovative Office Systems, LLC". innovativeofficesystems. http://innovativeofficesystems.net/About.htm. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  10. Obituary of Judge O. E. Price, Shreveport Times, February 25, 2006, p. 3B; "Price remembered as generous and perfect Southern gentleman," Shreveport Times, February 26, 2006, p. 4B"
Political offices
Preceded by
Coleman Lindsey
State Senator from Bossier and Webster parishes

Volney Voss Whittington
1928–1932

Succeeded by
Coleman Lindsey
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Allen Dezauche of Opelousas
President of the Louisiana Bankers Association

Volney Voss Whittington
1948–1949

Succeeded by
William N. Louque of New Orleans

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