Bernard P. Whetstone


Obituary Notice

Bernard P. Whetstone, age 88, of Little Rock, died Thursday, February 22, 2001, after a long illiness. He was born in Crossett, Arkansas the son of the late Bernard Pugh and Ally Patterson Whetstone. Mr. Whetstone graduated from Crossett High School before graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, receiving his Bachelor of Law and Doctorate of Juris Prudence. He began his practice in 1934 in El Dorado, and at the time the youngest lawyer practicing in Arkansas. He married Carolyn Dill in 1940 beginning 60 years of marriage. They moved to Little Rock in 1968 continuing his law practice and in 1969 his son Bud joined him in the practice. Mr. Whetstone retired in 1999. He was a twenty five year member of the First United Methodist Church in El Dorado teaching Men's Bible Class. In Little Rock he was a founder, charter member of St. James United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Dill Whetstone of Little Rock, one son Bud Whetstone and wife Julie of Little Rock, four daughters Ruth Wagner and husband Bill of Tampa, Florida, B.K. Wetstone Smith of Houston, Texas, Martha Whetstone of San Francisco, California, Becky Whetstone Gonzalez and husband Congressman Charlie of San Antonio, Texas, 9 grandchildren Tracy Thompson Nonweiler, Caroline Thompson Logan, Lee Whetstone, Whet Smith, Benjamin Schmidt, Casey Marie Schmidt, Annie Zanobini, Kate Zanobini, 3 great-grandchildren Jake, Dalton and Sophie Nonweiler, and is predeceased in death by one grandson Dalton Whetstone who died in 1997.

There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 P.M. today, Friday, at Ruebel Funeral Home. There will be a private family graveside service officiated by Reverend Betsy Singleton Bauer. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.

In lieu of flower memorials should be made to the Dalton Whetstone Boy's and Girl's Club, Arkansas School for the Blind, and Arkansas Hospice, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, North Little Rock, 72114.

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