The Life and Legacy
of a Phenomenal Woman
“If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.”
The journey of life takes us through transitions, much like the seasons of the year. We experience the miracle of birth, the freedom of childhood, a time to realize adulthood dreams, the joy of living a fulfilled life, and a peace with ourselves and our creator. We understand the journey. We are each created for a specific purpose or mission. With our creator’s guidance, the plan for our life is revealed unto us.
Ophelia Whitney was born June 10, 1939, to the late Thomas Whitney, Sr., and Jeleaner Whitney. Ophelia exited the stage September 3, 2023 at 4:49 p.m. The curtains of her earthly life were closed, but the doors of her eternal life were opened.
“Sister”, as she was affectionately known, was as a gentle, kind, loving, and humorous woman who loved spending time with her family.
Ophelia attended Thomastown High School in Tallulah, Lousiana, and graduated with the Class of 1958. She was then employed with the Madison Parish School District as a dietary cook for 29 years.
Ophelia married James Love, Sr., in July 1957. James preceded her in death.
Ophelia was baptized at Old Mt. Zion Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Len Henderson. She later reunited with St. John M.B. Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Robert Allen, Sr. Finally, Ophelia served under the leadership of Pastor Anthony L. Guice, where she sang in the choir until her health no longer permitted. Ophelia was president of the choir for numerous years, and she now sings in the heavenly choir directed by Jesus Christ.
Ophelia will be forever cherished and loved by her son, James Love, Jr. (Linda); grandchildren, James Love III, Brittany S. Love, and Lakeyera Williams (Atkins); eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Eula M. Murphy, Mary Bell Whitney, Earlene Whitney, Jeleaner D. Whitney, and Gloristine Roach; one sister-in-law, Rachel Whitney; one godchild, Betty J. Kline; godsister, Marjorie Pitts; and a host of other family, friends, and loved ones.
Reverend Eugene Whitney, Sr., James Whitney, Dorothy Whitney, Lula Bell Robinson, Daisy Whitney, Geneva Robinson, Thomas Whiteney, Jr., and Ruby Whitney Williams preceded her in death.
The family wishes to express thanks to everyone for all acts of kindness shown during our time of bereavement. A very special thanks is extended to Dr. Lawrence Chenier, Legacy Rehabilitation Center, Cross Road Hospice, Brenda Whitney, Mary Beth Westmoreland, Renee Jackson, and Pastor John Skinner. We pray God will continue to bless you and you will continue to pray for our strength as we travel along this journey.
The Love and Whitney Family