Mrs. Alma Jane "Janie" (Midyette) Whitehead, 88

           Alma Jane “Janie” Midyette Whitehead passed away peacefully on November 18, 2020, after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s. Janie was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law and grandmother “Memaw”. She was loving, caring, generous and a southern lady.


            Janie was born April 23, 1932 in Leon County, Tallahassee, Florida where she lived until her marriage in 1954. She graduated from Leon High School in 1950 and was voted “sweetest in her class”. She attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor in Science degree in Elementary Education in 1954. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and where she served as Vice President and Pledge Trainer.

            She spent the next 27 years in Gainesville where she was active in the First United Methodist Church, Laurel Garden Club, Junior Service League and Lakeview Academy Mother’s Club. It was here that her four children were raised, nurtured and loved.

            Janie returned to Tallahassee in 1981. She was a dedicated employee at Capitol City Bank for 18 years. She was a member of Violet Garden Club, Cotillion Club, Goodwood and Trinity United Methodist Church; the church she grew up in and loved. She also enjoyed gardening and being with her friends “the Yaya’s”. Her family, friends and church were very important to her and she was also a big Braves fan.

            Janie is preceeded in death by her parents Payne H. Midyette, Sr. and Charlotte Hodges Midyette.

            She is survived by her four children Carl Whithead of Cleveland, Cissy Belson (Bob) of Clarkesville, Suzanne Phillips (Randy) of Gainesville, Lance Whitehead (Sheila) of Tallahassee, FL, eight grandchildren: Taylor Whitehead (Hana), Tanner Whitehead, Tyler Whitehead, Travis Belson, Katelyn Belson, Austin Phillips, Wade Phillips, Whitney Howard (Joe) , and two great granddaughters: Alyssa Howard and Sarah Howard. Janie is also survived by her beloved brother, Payne H. Midyette of Tallahassee, FL; sister-in-law “sister” Alice Paris of Gainesville, and nephews and nieces: Payne Midyette (Marilyn), Mary Hill Bishopric (Mark), Aren Moncrief (Ward), Trey Paris (Sandra), Elizabeth Hagood. She loved all her great nephews and nieces too.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for the excellent and tender loving care provided at Lanier Village Estates, Willowbrooke Court and Pruitt Hospice.

            In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Janie’s life may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church of Tallahassee, FL 120 W Park Avenue #7784 Tallahassee, FL 32301 and Gainesville First United Methodist Church 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30506.

 A private family graveside service will be held in Tallahassee, Florida. Due to the current pandemic a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Park Funeral Home North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Dr. is in charge of arrangements.

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THARPE AND JUDY WARD 2020-11-21 08:12:01
We are so sorry for your loss your Mother was such a sweet person always kind and polite she will be missed.
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