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George Allen Whittenburg, II – August 7, 2017

George Allen Whittenburg, II, 73, of Amarillo, died Monday, August 7, 2017.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo with the Rev. Dr. Howard Griffin, pastor and the Rev. Dr. Murray Gossett, associate pastor, officiating.  Burial will be at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Whittenburg was born March 20, 1944, to Roy Robert Whittenburg and Grace Evelyn McKee Whittenburg.  He received his BBA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1965 and his JD with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1968.  He married his beloved, Ann Boxwell Bynum Whittenburg, on July 23, 1965, and together they have nine children and 26 grandchildren.
He co-founded a law firm with his brother, Louis Palma McKee “Mack” Whittenburg, and practiced law for nearly 49 years.  He gained widespread recognition in the legal community for several high-profile cases, his service on the American Law Institute’s governing Council and for his ability to solve novel problems using his extensive legal experience.  Texas Monthly aptly described him in a 1996 cover story: “In person, George has a congenial personality, but during a lawsuit, he is a pit bull.”
Survivors include his wife, Ann Boxwell Bynum Whittenburg; nine children and 26 grandchildren—Viviann Grace Whittenburg Lawson and husband David (Hope and Luke), Robert Roy Whittenburg and wife Cheree (Austin, Seth and Parker), James Smith Bynum Whittenburg and wife Julie (Rachael, Rebecca and George), Christi Ann Whittenburg Patrick and husband Jason (George, Vivian and James), Joseph William Whittenburg (Gus and Boone), Benjamin Burkhart Whittenburg and wife Amber (Brad, Abby, Landon and Gracie), Angela Kate Whittenburg Wang and husband Peter (Wyatt, Alexandra and Owen), Jacob McKee Whittenburg (Kate and Jack) and Abby Whittenburg Finch and husband Patrick (Samuel, Angie, Autumn and Ava); and six siblings—Grace Evelyn Coltrin, Jewel Anne Johnston, Louis Palma McKee Whittenburg, John Burkhart Whittenburg, Mary Lois Rowley and Roy Robert Whittenburg, Jr.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, at the funeral home.


  • Charles G. White Posted August 9, 2017 7:04 pm

    To Ann Whittenburg, her children, grandchildren, and relatives of George Whittenburg – I am shocked and saddened to hear about George’s death. As a lawyer he was a strong worthy opponent. He will be missed by all of us. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Karl Baumgardner Posted August 10, 2017 2:44 am

    Ann and family, I am saddened to hear about George’s passing. He was a mentor, example, and friend to me for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time. Blessings to you! Karl

  • Rick Perry Posted August 10, 2017 7:57 am

    Condolences to the Whittenburg family, so sorry to hear of the passing of George. He was a good man, and a pleasure to deal with unless you were on the other side of his litigation. God Bless him and prepare a place in heaven for him to rest in peace.

  • jim barrasso Posted August 10, 2017 12:49 pm

    Watt and I are so sorry to hear about your Dad.
    Our thoughts and prayers for your family during these difficult times.

  • Jo Bonello Posted August 10, 2017 1:22 pm

    To my dear friend Christi – love you very much and sending my most heartfelt condolences to you, your mom and entire family.
    May the memories held deep within your heart help to soothe you at this difficult time.
    You’re in my prayers – my deepest sympathy.

  • Burk Whittenburg Posted August 10, 2017 3:07 pm

    With sympathy, Carol and Burk Whittenburg

  • Dianne Martinez Posted August 10, 2017 4:00 pm

    Dear Ann,
    We were all very sad to hear this news. George was always kind and helpful to Mom and our family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Betty Swann Posted August 10, 2017 4:23 pm

    Ann and family, I am so sad to hear of George passing. I know you’re grieving but I also know you have a hope that is promised to Christians. I am praying for each one of your family individually because George left a wonderful inheritance, the best kind, a great family who does so much good for other people.

  • Carol Longcor Posted August 11, 2017 1:41 am

    To Ann and Family. I will never forget George’s kindness to Dave and me. George and you were helpful to us on several occasions. May Jesus’ comforting arms wrap you and your children around you at this time until you all meet again.

  • The Bennefields Posted August 11, 2017 9:26 am

    Ted and I were shocked and saddened to hear of George ‘s passing. Ann we will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • Bill Bowers Posted August 11, 2017 2:34 pm

    Ann and family…Helen and I are saddened to learn of George’s death…our many memories shared with you and George living next door while in Austin attending law school are not forgotten and Helen especially often remembers the debates she and George engaged on various subjects…our prayers are with you and family in the days to come…with love, Bill and Helen

  • Elaine Chriestenson Posted August 11, 2017 3:26 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brenda McGouirk Posted August 11, 2017 4:41 pm

    I was so sad to learn of the passing of Mr. Whittenburg. I had spoke with him several weeks ago and he seemed so vibrant and well. My sincere sympathy to the entire family.
    I had my own notion of grief. I thought it was the sad time that followed the death of someone you love.
    And you had to push through it to get to the other side.
    But I’m learning there is no other side. There is no pushing through. But rather, there is absorption. Adjustment. Acceptance.
    And grief is not something you complete, But rather, you endure. Grief is not a task to finish and move on, but an element of yourself – an alteration of your being. A new way to seeing. A new definition of self. God bless you all.

  • Candy Fletcher Tietgens Posted August 11, 2017 5:57 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our family will carry you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

  • Jay Westbrook Posted August 11, 2017 8:43 pm

    George was a very fine man as well as a very talented one. He was one of my favorite classmates.

  • Azaniah Posted August 11, 2017 11:59 pm

    Dear Family, I feel your hurt of losing George and your joy in having been part of his life. I will miss him with you and long for the day when we will meet him again on the other shore.

  • Larry Wolff Posted August 16, 2017 6:00 pm

    Dear Ann, I was so saddened to hear about the loss of your dear George. Please know that you and family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Brent and Landon were friends of Gracie and Robert back in the 1970’s at Paramount Terrace school.
    Larry Wolff

  • lynn Smith Whisenhunt Posted August 18, 2017 3:42 pm

    I knew this nice man when I went to James Bowie jr. high, and later worked at repairing the Xerox machine in his law office. I never knew a nicer man… He treated me with respect and kindness ALWAYS , Just wanted to say that to his loved ones. Sincerely Lynn Whisenhunt

  • Bobbi Standish Posted August 23, 2017 11:53 am

    Dear Ann,
    Heart aching for you and your sweet family. Love and prayers. I love you both so much.

  • Ed Leahy Posted August 29, 2017 9:45 pm

    Dear Ann and Family,
    I am deeply saddened to learn of George’s passing. He was a good man and a wonderful lawyer. We worked together on several cases in the late ’80’s and early 90’s. I was always impressed with how kind and considerate he was toward others; a true gentleman. My sincere condolences to you and your entire family. We will always remember George and his family.

  • Lois Beeman Waugh Posted August 30, 2017 1:00 am

    Ann, It sadden me to hear of your loss and George’s passing. Though It’s been a very long time since we have seen each other I dearly love you. I have you and your family in my prayers.
    Love, Lois

  • Mary Helen Flores Posted August 30, 2017 3:58 pm

    My deepest deepest sympathy to Mr. Whittenburg’s family I have known him over 40 yrs when he helped us with my husbands death in suing Mack trucks. What a wonderful person and lawyer always with a smile on his face no matter what do know that he is not suffering anymore I do know he will be missed

  • Mary Helen Flores Posted August 30, 2017 4:00 pm

    my deepest sympathy to his family I do know he will be truly missed. He was our family lawyer and always did the best, know that he is smiling in heaven looking down on everyone.

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