The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


June 9, 2014


— Emily Sue Whitehead, 93, and a lifelong resident of Rockwall, passed away June 6, 2014.

She was born May 12, 1921, in Rockwall to Ollie L. and Opal (Green) Steger. The Stegers are a pioneer family of Rockwall County and Sue’s great-great-grandmother Shaw helped organize the Methodist Church in Rockwall. Sue was a member of First United Methodist Church of Rockwall for 83 years, a member of OES Chapter of Royse City, and a former member of the Rockwall Chapter for 50 years.

She graduated from Rockwall High School, Class of 1938, and attended both North and East Texas State Teachers College in Denton and Commerce. After receiving her education, Sue worked during the war years as chief clerk of the Office of Price Administration, the Rations Board for Rockwall County. After 1944, she worked in the sales office of Southern Aircraft in Garland, where turbines for war aircraft were made. After the war, Sue worked as a bookkeeper and receptionist for Martin Funeral Home and met the love of her life, Robert C. Whitehead, who was still in the Reserve Army escorting war casualties. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married; and Sue then worked in the title business with her father, where she remained for many, many years.

Sue is survived by one son, the light of her life, Robert Charles “Bobby” Whitehead; one granddaughter, Courtney Suzanne Whitehead; one grandson, Robert Casey Whitehead and wife Caitlin; three great-grandsons, Coen, Mac and Chase Whitehead; one great-granddaughter, Savannah Lollar; two loving nieces, Cyndie Sue Patrick and Diana Wade Chapman; one nephew, O.L. Steger III; sister-in-law Anna Wade Steger; loving caregivers Alma Dixon and Monica Dixon; a special friend, Marita Martin; her “old” Rockwall friends; special cousins Robert Carl Steger of Brownwood and Pauline Fernache of Seattle, Wash.; and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband and soulmate, Robert C. “Bob” Whitehead, in 2002; by her parents; and one brother, O.L.Steger Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., June 12, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel, with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the service. Interment follows in Rockwall Memorial Cemetery.

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