Whittle, former publisher of The Progress, dies in Alabama
By Jim Wallace, Correspondent

Jerry Whittle, left, is shown receiving an unspecified award. Photo courtesy of Wilson Funeral Home.

A former McDuffie Progress publisher passed away after an extended illness early Saturday morning.
Jerry Whittle, 72, a Ft. Payne, Ala. native, passed away at a healthcare facility near Ft. Payne.
According to a DeKalb, Ala. County Commission resolution, Whittle began his career as a sports stringer for The Gadsden Times, Huntsville Times and Chattanooga News Free Press. In 1966, he began working as a reporter for the Times-Journal, working his way up to news editor, general manager and eventually publisher.
In 1976, Whittle went to work for Smith Newspaper Group, working as a reporter in various areas throughout the U.S., including Nebraska, Arkansas and Mississippi.
In 1977, he moved to Thomson, where he began work as part owner and publisher of The McDuffie Progress.

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