Edward Lee Whiteside, 82, of Fort Scott, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Medicalodge of Fort Scott. He was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Fort Scott, the son of William Isaac and Mabel Lena (Bolinger) Whiteside. He married Nolene Stump, Sept. 7, 1947, in Larned, Kan. She survives of the home.
He and his family owned and operated Whiteside's IGA from 1921 until 1993. Edward began his employment with the family store in 1946. He was a lifelong resident of Bourbon County, and a member of the First United Methodist Church, as well as the Rotary Club. He was also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Harris Baking Company, out of Rogers, Ark. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, in Fort Scott, and United Methodist Men.
In addition to his wife, Nolene, Edward is survived by: his children, Edward Lee Whiteside Jr., of Scottsdale, Ariz., Sheryl Bloomfield and her husband Tim, of Fort Scott, and Marilyn Bailey and her husband Ron, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother; William I. Whiteside, of Meriden, Conn.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Bloomfield-Sciara and her husband Ryan of Kansas City, Mo., Matt Bloomfield of Chicago, Ill., Kate Reddy and her husband Brian of St. Louis, Mo., and Andrea Bailey of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one great-grandchild on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Mildred Seavers, Ava Weber, Laura Belle Cress, and Ruth Milburn; three brothers; Roy Whiteside, Ralph Whiteside, and Albert E. Whiteside; and an infant daughter, Nancy Ann Whiteside.
The Rev. Paul Babcock will conduct funeral services 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, at the First United Methodist Church, with burial following at the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, May 12, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS, 66701. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.