Whitney was born May 16, 1986 in Texarkana, Texas to the late Billy Jr. and JoAnn McDonald. Whitney seemed destined for greatness in the sport of basketball. Her father, brothers, and sister were all legendary figures on the basketball court. She dominated every position on the court. She was a rebounding queen; she broke many ankles including her “own”. Whitney also had a down court signature pass that “wowed” the crowd.
In 2004, Whitney graduated from Saratoga High School. She continued her education and basketball career at Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2005-06, she led her team to a National Championship, where she was Tournament MVP. Whitney still holds many unbroken records at Mid-American Christian University.
Whitney was baptized at First Church of God in Tollette, AR. She later moved her membership to Providence Outreach Ministries in Nashville, AR, where she was actively involved in the Youth Ministries. Whitney was able to fulfill her passion for coaching in the AAU League with the girls and boys who made up the Hurricanes.
In 2015, she married George Barton, to this union no children were born.
Whitney was all about her family and took pride in taking care of her family.
Whitney was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. RC and Mrs. Ressie McGhee, Mr. Billy S. and Mrs. Annie Dora McDonald; and her father, Billy S. McDonald, Jr.
She leaves to cherish a lifetime of beautiful memories her loving mother, JoAnn McDonald; two brothers, Billy S. (Monica) McDonald III (Mesquite, TX), Jason (Kristi) McDonald (Suwanee, GA); one sister, Laressa McDonald (Tollette, AR); four aunts, Barbara (Calvin) McDonald, Helen (Melvin) Morrison, Linda (John) Beck (Picayune, MS), Grace (Junior) Davis (Dallas, TX); one special uncle, Ray Charles (Audrey) McGhee (Desoto, TX); four nieces, Mynissa, Justice, Kendra and Brooklyn; four nephews, Jayden, Koby, Kayden and Mason; special friends, Karen, Renetta, Candy, Cavangla and Contessa; two godsons, Kameron and DJ and a host of cousins and friends.
Memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Saratoga High School Gymnasium, 2030 Main Street, Saratoga, Arkansas 71859. Arrangements entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home, Inc. of Hope.