Donavan Wayne Whitman


Donavan Wayne Whitman, 74, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at his home in Carthage, MO.

Donavan was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Jasper, Mo., to Warren Davis and Edna May (Needham) Davis. Donavan was a lifetime Carthage resident. He served in the United States Army as an E6 Staff Sargent for 22 years. Donavan was a Carthage Firefighter and Battalion Chief for 34 years and a member of the Cerebral Palsy Support Group.

Donavan was married to the love of his life, Carla (Schorzman) Whitman on September 9, 1988 in Miami, OK; she survives.

Donavan is survived by one daughter, Michelle Erwin and husband Mike of Topeka, Kan.; one son, Whit Whitman and wife Renae of Cornelius, N.C.; four grandchildren, Levi and wife Katie, Jordan, Noah and Delaney; two great-grandchildren, Addy and Zoey; one sister, Donna Carrol Carlson of Lee Summit, Mo.


Donavan is preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Emma William on Nov. 29, 2016; and one brother-in-law, Randy Carlson. 

A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Ulmer Funeral Home. Services will immediately follow. Burial will be at Park Cemetery in Carthage.

Contributions may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Center in care of Ulmer Funeral Home.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.

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