James D. Whistler

August 3, 2018

James Douglas Whistler, 66, of Otterbein, Ind., died at 11:04 a.m. August 3, 2018 at his home.  He was born March 13, 1952 in Williamsport, Ind. to the late James L. & Beverly J. (Wilhite) Whistler.  He married Marilyn P. Bickers on September 28, 1975 and she preceded him in death on August 24, 2003.  He married Marilyn Sue Franklin on October 2, 2004 and she preceded him in death on January 28, 2018.  James was a 1971 graduate of Benton Central High School.  He was a custodian and musician, working for the Methodist Church.  He was a member of Community Christian Church. He was a train enthusiast and his hobo name was Mr. Bojangles.  James loved telling others about Jesus Christ.  He loved music and performing at nursing homes.

Visitation and Services

A memorial service will be held at Noon, Friday, August 10, 2018 at Community Christian Church, 1944 S. Jackson St., Frankfort. Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial will take place at Green Lawn Cemetery at a later date. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to assist with services. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, with envelopes available at the church

Survived by:

Daughter: Laura Ann (Curtis) Whistler Thomas of Madrid, Iowa, 2 Sons: Matthew Douglas (Jennifer) Whistler, and Donald James Whistler both of Otterbein, Brother: William Alan Whistler of Lafayette, Sister: Rebecca June (Bud) Turner of Lafayette, 9 Grandchildren. and 1 Great Grandchild.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents and spouses, he is preceded in death by an infant son: Corvan Michael Whistler.


Leave your Condolences

4 Condolences for “James D. Whistler”

  1. John Townsend August 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Mr. Whistler would brighten up any room or street corner when he would sing to anyone who would hear. The true joy of the Lord was easily seen in him! I highly respected him and miss those times that I got a chance to talk with him when he was playing downtown Lafayette. My sincerest condolences to my classmate Laura and her family.

  2. Larry Killian (hobo name – Lay Flat Larry) August 7, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Rest in peace, my friend. I always enjoyed his style of music and when I showed up, he would play one of my favorites – “Wreck of the Old 97”. Then I would share with everyone the he was the reincarnation of “the singing brakeman – the blue yodeler” , Jimmy Rodgers, who is considered the Father of Country Music from way back in the 1920’s. Jim would just smile, so hope I never forget that smile and friendship we shared for many years. Many of us will miss him and are sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good man !

  3. Mildred Keaton August 8, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Met Mr. Whistler when I worked in activities at the nursing home in Mulberry. He was a very special man, and we had lots of good talks together. Sing with the angels, Mr. Bojangles!!!

  4. Haven Parks November 4, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Mr. Bojangles was such a big part of the Farmer’s Market for me. He would sing and play, and I remember him playing songs like The Wheels On The Bus, and one time him and his friends (puppet included) let me sing Amazing Grace there. I wondered where he was when I went to the Farmer’s Market, and I know I’ll miss him, but I’m so glad that I’ll see him in Heaven one day. Jesus loves you!

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