Emmett Holman Whitehead

Portrait of Emmett Holman Whitehead Headstone Photograph


Emmett Holman
Oct. 9, 1925
Aug. 13, 2002

Marie Hall
Aug. 29, 1928

Buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Rusk, TX

Back of headstone

The Measure Of A Life
Is Service To Others

His Service: Husband, Father,
Grandfather, Rancher, News
Broadcaster And Publisher
Government Service: State
Representative, County Judge,
Mayor Of Rusk, WWII Veteran
U. S. Navy

Her Service: News Editor, Wife,
Mother, Grandmother, RISD Board
Of Education, Region VII ESC, Historian

Both Were Active In The
First United Methodist Church
Married January 30, 1948
Full Name: Emmett Holman Whitehead
Location: Section:Monument Hill, Section 2 (H2)
Row:D  Number:34
Reason for Eligibility: Member, Texas House of Representatives 
Birth Date: October 9, 1925 
Died: August 13, 2002 
Burial Date: Buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery 

WHITEHEAD, EMMETT HOLMAN (1925 ~ 2002). The following is an obituary for former Texas House Member Emmett Whitehead. The obituary was originally published Texas Press Association's Messenger Online. White is honored with a cenotaph at the State Cemetery, he is buried in Rusk, Texas.

Emmett Holman Whitehead, member, Texas House of Representatives and Cherokee County official, was born on October 9, 1925, in Cisco, Texas, to Emmett H., Sr. and Tommie Cole Whitehead.

A longtime newspaper publisher, Whitehead purchased the "Rusk Cherokeean" in 1950, at age 24. He later established radio stations KTLU and KWRW and purchased E-Z Vision Cable Company and the "Alto Herald." In 1998, the Texas Press Association awarded him the Golden 50 Award for his 50 years of service in the newspaper industry.

Not limiting himself to newspapers, Whitehead also served his community. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce, mayor of Rusk for 14 years, county judge for four years, and a member of the Texas House of Representatives for eight years.

Whitehead also worked on behalf of the Rusk State Hospital and helped secure facilities for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and helped establish the Texas State Railroad. He also helped in procuring funds to build a new hospital for the East Texas Regional Health Care System north of Rusk.

Representative Whitehead passed away on August 13, 2002, and was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Rusk. His family placed a cenotaph, or memorial marker, in his memory in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

Whitehead is survived by his wife, Marie, daughters, Dr. Wendee Whitehead and Terrie Gonzalez, and three grandchildren.

Information taken from: obituary, The Daily Sun, August 14, 2002, and the Texas Press Association's Messenger Online obituary at http://www.texaspress.com/messenger/obits0902.htm.



Whitehead served in the Texas House of Representatives during the 63rd through the 66th Legislatures.

Entered by Administrator on 5/20/2003

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