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Essie V. “Miss Essie” Witherspoon, 81, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. 

She was born May 1, 1935 to George and Mary Lee (Mingo) Baker in Pickens, Arkansas. 

She married James Witherspoon Aug. 6, 1959 in Liberal. He survives. 

She worked at Southwest Medical Center in housekeeping, and at King’s BBQ as a cook. 

She was a member of New Life Nondenominational Church as a Church Mother.

Survivors also include four sons: Benard Witherspoon and wife, Frankie,, Arlington, Texas, James Witherspoon Jr., Arlington, Texas, Bobby Joe Witherspoon, Liberal, and Ollie Reddick, Dumas, Arkansas; three daughters: Dixie Curry and husband, Kenneth, Arlington, Texas, Mary Washington and husband, Ulysses, Liberal, and LaTanya Witherspoon, Liberal; four brothers: Herman Lee Baker, Liberal, Calvin Lee Baker, Liberal, Albert Earl Noble, Topeka, and Herbert Mingo, Dallas; 15 grandchildren: Lamar Witherspoon, LaTasha Witherspoon, Rosalind Witherspoon, Kendra Witherspoon, Latrice Witherspoon, LaTisha Curry, Kenneth Curry, Jr., Reginald Curry, Demetrious Werner (James), Domnique Washington, B.J. Washington (Justice), Mercedes Adams-Witherspoon, Anthony Smith, Timiko Ponder (Angelo) and Devasha Rascon; and 14 great-grandchildren: Isaiah Witherspoon, Nashaya Witherspoon, Aja Johnson, Shimar Smith, Jr., Sanaya Wilson, Xaiver Smith, Dexter Smith, Jr., Cameron Smith, Jamarion Smith, Riley Hodges, Jamesya Werner, Jakyree Washington, Janiece Washington, and J’yanna Washington. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Gloria J. Brown; son, George E. Witherspoon; and three brothers: Bill Baker, George Baker and James Baker Sr.

• Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Heaven Open Gates Ministry with Pastor Walter Witherspoon II presiding.  

Burial will be in the Liberal Cemetery. 

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brenneman Funeral Home to greet friends. 

Memorials are suggested to New Life Nondenominational Church in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901. 

Condolences may be left at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.




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