V. V. Whittington

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Volney Voss Whittington​

Louisiana State Senator for
District 36 (then Bossier
and Webster parishes)​
In office
1928​ – 1932​
Preceded by Coleman Lindsey
Succeeded by Coleman Lindsey​

Born September 26, 1893​
Ivan in Bossier Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died February 4, 1974 (aged 80)​
Political party Democrat
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. ​
Son-in-law:
Walter O. Bigby
Great-nephew:
Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington

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

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

Biography

Whittington was born in Ivan in Bossier Parish but resided in the parish seat of Benton, north of the larger 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 Southern Baptist, a Mason, and a member of the Lions Club.[1]

After his state senate service, Whittington was the Bossier parish treasurer.[2] Whittington was also 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[3] 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 of the association. The others were John J. Doles, Sr. of Plain ​Dealing, who held Whittington's Senate seat from 1952 to 1956, J. A. "Sonny" Dunnam, Jr., of Benton (1966–1967), John J. Doles, Jr. (1982–1983), and Will C. Hubbard (born 1946) of Citizen’s National Bank in Bossier City, who served from 1997 to 1998.[4]

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.[5]​ ​ Whittington and his wife, the former Anna Harris (1884–1982), resided in Benton. He died at the age of eighty. They are interred at Hillcrest Cemetery in Haughton east of Bossier City.[1] The Whittingtons had two daughters. Ann W. Graham (1921–1983) and her husband, James E. Graham, Sr. (1920–2003), 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,[6] and James E. Graham, Jr., of Dallas, Texas. The other daughter, Florence, or "Flo" (1923–2009) was first married to state Representative Walter O. Bigby of Bossier City. The two had a son, Walter O. "Walt" Bigby, Jr. (born 1964), a business consultant from Bossier City.[7]

Seventeen years after Bigby's death, Florence, a businesswoman in her own right, married Judge Oscar Ewing Price.[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Whittington, V. V.. The Politcal Graveyard. Retrieved on January 14, 2020.
  2. Clifton D. Cardin (1999). Images of America: Bossier Parish. Charleston: South Carolina: Arcadia Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7385-0172-7. Retrieved on January 14, 2020. 
  3. Bossier Bank Is Taken Over. The New York Times (June 16, 1986). Retrieved on January 12, 2020; under pay wall.
  4. Past Presidents of the Louisiana Bankers Association. lba.org. Retrieved on July 10, 2009; no longer on-line.
  5. V.V. Whittington. Louisiana State University of Shreveport Archives. Retrieved on July 10, 2009; material no longer accessible.
  6. Inner Active Consulting Group, Inc.: Getting You to the Next Level. inneractiveconsulting.com. Retrieved on January 14, 2020.
  7. Innovative Office Systems, LLC. innovativeofficesystems. Retrieved on July 16, 2009; no longer on-line.
  8. Obituary of Judge O. E. Price, The Shreveport Times, February 25, 2006, p. 3B; "Price remembered as generous and perfect Southern gentleman," The Shreveport Times, February 26, 2006, p. 4B.

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