The death is announced of Dr. Ostranda G. Whisnant, affectionately called “Strand,” which sad event occurred on April 22, 2015 at the Korlebu Hospital in Accra, Ghana following a brief illness.
He was 66.
Ostranda Gregory Whisnant was born on August 25, 1949 in Monrovia to the union of Colonel Isaac Jonathan Whisnant and his wife, Mrs. Harriet Louise Prosser Whisnant-Robbinson.
Strand received his early education at St. Patrick’s Elementary School at Ashmun Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia, before traveling to England where he completed high school and entered King’s Medical College, where he studied Dental Surgery.
After qualifying as a professional dentist, he returned to Liberia and served from 1974 to 1980 in the Dental Department of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia. He also served in the Dental Department at the Bong Mining Company Hospital in Lower Bong County.
Dr. Whisnant later commenced private practice along with two other Liberian dentists, Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox and Dr. Yede Baker Dennis. The private dental practice suffered a severe attack during the Rice Riots of April 14, 1979. But the determined Dr. Whisnant and his partners overcame their losses and reopened their practice, which was located atop the Rooster Restaurant at Tubman Boulevard and 10th Street, Monrovia.
But when the dental clinic was again attacked in 1990 following the outbreak of the Liberian civil conflict, and all its equipment vandalized, Dr. Whisnant decided to retire from dentistry. He later entered the transportation business.
His parents and his brothers, Lloyd, Lester, Courtney, Raymond, Harry, James, Joseph, Norman Marbu, as well as his sisters, Mrs. Ida Whisnant Brooks, Misses Evelyn Whisnant and Nellie Bryant, predeceased him.
According to Mrs. Edith Whisnant Ricks, Mrs. Kelita Whisnant Sherman, Lloyd K. Whisnant, Jr. and Emmanuel Bella, nieces and nephews of the deceased, the body is scheduled to arrive at the Roberts International Airport today, Wednesday, at 5:45 p.m.
On Saturday morning, May 30, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., the body will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor in Sinkor, Monrovia and taken to the Eliza Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church at 34 Camp Johnson Road where the funeral will commence at 10 o’clock a.m.
Viewing of the body will be an hour before the funeral service.
Interment follows immediately at the Kaizer Memorial Park in Brewerville, Montserrado County.