Clyde Cleo Whittle passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Matador Health and Rehabilitation Center in Matador, Texas at the age of 92.  A Celebration of Cleo’s life was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Floydada with Rance Young officiating.  Interment followed at the Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada.  Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 1, 2021 in the Moore-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Floydada.   Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada.

He was born on February 28, 1929 in Lubbock to Walter Clyde and Faye Cornelia Whittle.  Dad grew up during the Depression Years of the 1930’s in Crosby County, Texas.   His family lived in the Mt. Blanco area as cotton, milo and dairy farmers, and Cleo attended the school at Wake for four years until it was closed.  Originally, his Dad worked the farm with horses and then later to a F20 tractor.  Every Saturday, his family would make the trip to Floydada and sell the milk and cream from their 8 Jersey cows.  They had a reputation for selling quality cream.  The revenue from that would buy groceries and basic necessities with a little left over.  Dad said back then a quarter could get you in the theatre, buy a cherry mash and something to drink.

During a revival meeting at the Mt. Blanco Baptist Church, he and his sister, Jerry were saved then baptized in a playa lake next to the church.  During high school, Cleo joined the Texas State Guard, while World War II was in progress.  They were issued uniforms, rifles, machine guns, a deuce and a half, a jeep and a motorcycle.  The guardsmen would rotate the use of the equipment among the company.  During the week that he had the jeep, Dad would take it rabbit hunting at night.  Other times, he had the deuce and a half or the motorcycle.

Dad loved roller skating and would frequent the skating rink at Silver Falls, east of Crosbyton.  On one occasion, he happened to notice a pretty young girl skating by herself, so he joined her.  Her name was Nettie Ruth, his future wife.  After they married, he moved to eastern New Mexico to help his uncle in the oil field.  Later, Dad returned to Floyd County to start farming in 1949…primarily cotton.  In that time, he saw the cotton industry change dramatically; from filling sacks, to strippers pulling trailers through the field, to strippers with baskets and module builders to baler strippers.  During that time, he was involved with Brown Gin, the place where he took his cotton to have it ginned.  Cleo was voted as President of Brown Gin and remained so until it was sold to ADM/Scott Gin.  In 2019, he was recognized by BASF/FiberMax for having been in the cotton farming business for 70 years.

Greatly loved by his grandchildren, Cleo was nicknamed “Pappoo” by his oidest grandson Nathan (and Nettie Ruth was referred to as “Mammoo”).  He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Floydada.

Cleo was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Ruth.

His survivors include his children, Dennis and his wife Donna, Mark and his wife Teresa, West and his wife Amy; his grandsons, Nathan, Matthew, Tyson, Jason, Paxton, Barrett and one granddaughter, Samantha; and his great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Makinley, Rylan, Corben, Crawford and Violet.