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November 19, 2019


Vallerine Rogers Whitaker
August 09, 1924 - November 14, 2019

“1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” - Psalms 23

Vallerine Rogers Whitaker was born on August 9, 1924 in Bogalusa, Louisiana.  She was born the first daughter and 2nd child to the late Elmer & Mary Rogers Sr.  Vallerine, sometimes referred to as Sister or Mrs. Val, transitioned from this life on Thursday, November 14, 2019.  Vallerine met and united in holy matrimony to her life long love Mr. Harold Whitaker, Sr.  They remained married for 52 years until his untimely passing in 2009.  Of their union, 8 children were born.

Mrs. Vallerine was a devoted wife & mother who also played a very intricate role in the lives of each of her grandchildren.  Mrs. Val was very active in attending the Bogalusa Senior Center where she enjoyed socializing and traveling with her peers.  She was an active member of Salters Chapel AME Church which she grew up attending.  Anyone who’s ever met her can attest to the fact that she was truly one of a kind.  She loved to dress and could talk to virtually anyone.  Her beautiful smile, class, and laughable sass will sure be missed by all she encountered.

She leaves to cherish her life and memories 3 daughters Carolyn Shabazz of Moreno Valley, California, Octavia (Thomas) Robinson of Zachary, La., Dianne Whitaker of Bogalusa, La.; An adopted son/grandson, Norris Whitaker of Denham Springs, La.; two sisters, Rose (Harold) Anderson of Decatur, GA. and Rebecca (Fate) Ferrell of Bogalusa, LA; 2 special daughters-in-law, Adrianne Whitaker of New Orleans, La., Lugertha Davis of Omaha, Nebraska; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Vallerine was preceded in death by her husband Harold Whitaker Sr., her parents Elmer (Mary) Rogers Sr.; four sons: Larry Whitaker, Theodore W. Davis, Donice C. Whitaker, and Harold Whitaker Jr.; one daughter, Lillian Hogans; one grandson, Eric Shabazz; and nine brothers: Elmer Jr., Emmit Sr., Kenneth Ray, Charles, John Henry, Clarence, Talbert George, Leroy, and Donald Ray Rogers.

Visitation is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Greater Salter Chapel A.M.E. Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

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