TAI CHUNG, Taiwan - Donell R. "Buggs" Whitfield Jr., 39, died May 9, 2006, in Tai Chung.
Born April 30, 1967, in Lilbourn, Mo., son of Donell Whitfield of St. Louis and Geraldine Whitfield of Portageville, Mo., he graduated in 1985 from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis. He attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and later graduated from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served during Desert Storm. In 1995, he joined the U.S. Peace Corps and was assigned to Ghana, West Africa, where he served two years with the World Health Organization and the Ghanaian government. He attended Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where he worked as a researcher on the staff of Gov. Roimie Musgrove. In 2003, he worked for Hess Language School and taught English and Black studies in Shanghai, China. In 2005, he transferred to Tai Chung.
In addition to his parents, survivors include: his stepmother, Georgia Whitfield of St. Louis; one son, Donell Whitfield III of Greenwood, Miss.; two brothers, Demetric Davis of Detroit and Derek R. Whitfield of St. Louis; one sister, Deidre R. Whitfield, currently serving in the U.S. Navy in Japan; and one stepsister, Kemberly Bland Murphy of St. Louis.
Memorial services were conducted June 10 at the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Lilbourn.
Honorary pallbearers were: John Anderson, Clayton Farr, Warren Freeman, Derek R. Whitfield, Rydell Dennis, James Curtis, Demetric Davis, Keith Adams, Claude McFerren, Eddie Newson, Norman R. Seay, Perry L. Hayes Sr. and Allen Ealy.