Edwina Faye Whittle Hauversburk
Edwina Faye Whittle Hauversburk, 85, of Franklin, NC, nurse and author, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Born in Doerun, GA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Cecil Whittle and Verda Mae Carter Whittle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Hauversburk, in February 2014, and two brothers, Winston Cecil Whittle and Quentin Owen Whittle.
Edwina grew up depression poor in the orange groves around Leesburg, FL before moving to Havana, FL as a teenager. She graduated from Havana High School in 1948 and went on to attend St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Jacksonville, FL. She graduated a Registered Nurse (RN) and worked in Jacksonville for a few years after graduation. On November 19, 1954, on a blind date, she met the love of her life, Frank “Harvey” Hauversburk, and they were married four months later on March 19, 1955.
After a couple years out of state, they returned to Havana, FL where they operated a popular malt shop on Main Street for a couple of years. They moved between Havana and Tallahassee over the next 30 years while raising three sons. Edwina was a Registered Nurse at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH), in the office of Crane, Curry, and Knight, as a Gadsden County public health nurse, and started the outpatient program at TMH before retiring for health issues.
In retirement, she enjoyed furthering her education; she graduated summa cum laude from every school she attended. Frank retired from the appliance business in 1993 and they moved from Lake Tallavana to Otto, NC. There they became very active in the Macon County community and hosted numerous guests to their mountain home.
She wrote a book about her brother, Quentin Whittle, “Life and Times of a Lawman,” along with numerous short stories and poems, and was working on a book about her school experiences at St. Luke’s when she died. She enjoyed participating in the Senior Games, organizing fundraising events, socializing and card playing with friends, and singing in the choir at her church. At her death she was a member of Union United Methodist Church of Macon County.
She is survived by three sons, Daniel Frank Hauversburk (Lelia) of Tallahassee, FL, Jerry Allen Hauversburk of Havana, FL and Michael Jay Hauversburk (Tracy) of Panama City, FL; one sister, Myra Mae Phillips of Havana, FL; six grandchildren, Brenna Marie Hauversburk, Daniel Frank Hauversburk, Jr., Rhett Tucker Hauversburk, Nicholas Allen Hauversburk, Jacob Michael Hauversburk and Jared Owen Hauversburk; one great-grandchild, Blake West; surviving sisters-in-law, Theis Whittle of Perry, FL, and Debra (Augie) Silingas, Diane (Carl) Porter, Mary Lou Layton and Natalee Doyle, all of Alton, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to her cousin, Margaret Whittle Hice, who was with her the last few weeks of her life.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Faith Funeral Home Chapel in Havana for both Edwina and Frank.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., P.O. Box 96864, Washington, DC 20090 (www.lupus.org/donate) or the ALS Foundation for Life, P.O. Box 96, Natick, MA 01760 (www.alsfoundation.org/give/).
Faith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.