Earl “Cricket” Whitelow

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Earl D. “Cricket”  Whitelow, 53, of St. Louis, Mo., and formerly of Centralia, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 12, 2015 at his apartment.

Whitelow pic 2He was born March 27, 1962 in Centralia, son of Margaret Jean Whitelow. Mr. Whitelow was formerly married to Ronalyn Wallace in Centralia this union ended in divorce.

Mr. Whitelow leaves to cherish and embrace his memoirs and legacies his younger loved brother, Marion “Doodle” Whitelow of Centralia; two loving sons, Jai Young and Darwin Whitelow, both of Centralia; his Aunt Rebecca Whitelow — who is very dear and precious to him; six grandchildren; three nieces Tiana, Allison, and Larisha; and a host of cousins, classmates, and friends.

Earl was preceded in death by his beloved, dear mother, Margaret Whitelow; and grandparents, Lawrence “Bud” and Lucinda Whitelow; three uncles, Earl Whitelow, Dale Whitelow, and Alvin “Hootie” Whitelow; three aunts, Louise Locke, Annie Mae Whitelow, and Ida Mae Whitelow. He was also preceded by a very close and dear family friend who was like a second mother to Cricket, Ms. Joyce Garrett.

Mr. Whitelow was an honorable Veteran of United States Marine Corps (USMC) and obtained a Sharp Shooter Badge.
One of Cricket’s highlight moments during his era of high school were his four outstanding and phenomenal wrestling years at Centralia High School. He wrestled four years of Varsity, for which he obtained several medals, awards, and placed Fifth in State during his senior year and during his Junior year he went to Sectionals in wrestling.
Earl’s favorite and enjoyable past times were utilizing his culinary arts skills which he worked as an avid chef at several different restaurants throughout the Metro East area. Earl was definitely a replica of his beloved mother. He portrayed her in many ways — walking, talking, and actions/ways. Cricket can also be remembered by the love, friendship and appreciation that he shared and gave so deeply towards his family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Centralia, with Rev. Ronald Johnson officiating.

Friends are asked to meet at the church at time of service on Saturday. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.