Oct. 7, 1941 – June 16, 2021

A Mass of Christian burial honoring the life of Martha Kay Whitehead will be June 20 at 2 p.m. at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches. Celebrants will be Father Louis Sklar, Father Blake Deshautelle, Father Derek Ducote and Deacon John Louis Whitehead. Burial will follow at the Catholic Cemetery in Natchitoches.

Martha Kay was known to her friends as “Poochie,” and was born Oct. 7, 1941, to John Pollock and Frances Opal Perot in Natchitoches. She passed away June 16, 2021, in Natchitoches where she resided all her life. Poochie graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1959.

She married Charles R. Whitehead Jr. June 2, 1960.

She later graduated from Northwestern State University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1980 and a M.S. in Business Education in 1982. Poochie served as President of the Service League of Natchitoches, 1977-78.

Martha Kay is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles R. Whitehead Jr.; sons, Charles R. Whitehead III (Ronnell), John Louis Whitehead (Tara); daughter, Mary Edith Stacy (Russell); she was known as Nana to her grandchildren, Charles R. “Ryan” Whitehead IV, Colleen Hassell (Louis), Taylor Camargo-Patron (Carlos), Sarah Kay Lirette (Sam), Elizabeth Maggio (Vincent) and Kaylee Stacy; and one great-grandchild, Louis Gabriel Camargo-Patron.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Ryan Whitehead, Carlos Camargo-Patron, Sam Lirette, Vincent Maggio, Louie Hassell and Steve Sanders.

Honorary pallbearers are Ed Giering and Donald G. Kelly.

Special thanks to Wanda Sykes and Hospice of Natchitoches Inc.

A special thanks to an incredibly special friend, Sandra Antee.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Martha Kay to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.