Mr. Joe Robert Whitaker, 85

Joe Robert Whitaker was born in Gainesville, Georgia on February 6, 1932 and went to his heavenly home on January 24, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents John Robert Whitaker and Ethel Garrett Whitaker.

Mr. Whitaker is survived by his wife of 68 years Shirley Williams Whitaker of Gainesville, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law John and Robbie Whitaker of Dawsonville, Georgia, son Robert Allen Whitaker of Marietta, Georgia, son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Karen Whitaker of Gainesville, Georgia; grandchildren Sam and Mary Ann Thomas, Christina and Chris Moore, Aubrey and Michael Conners, Maura Whitaker, Jeremy Anderson and Cyan Whitaker; great-grandchildren Samantha and Kimberly Thomas, Myles Irwin, Carmen and Charlotte Moore.

Mr. Whitaker graduated from Gainesville High School where he played football and from North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia. Upon graduation from North Georgia, Mr. Whitaker served in the United States Army and retired from the Army Reserve in 1992.

Mr. Whitaker was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Georgia. He was a member of the Longstreet Society and served as treasurer for many years.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Washington Street. Rev. Geoff Grubbs and Rev. Tyler Flowers will be officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 404 Washington St. NW, Gainesville, Georgia 30501.

Online condolences can be made at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com. Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, Georgia 30501. 770-297-6200.

 

 

 

 

Condolences 25
Becky Peek 2018-01-24 19:52:33
I am so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time of grief. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
June and Don Vincent 2018-01-24 20:36:32
Dear Shirley, We want to express our deep sympathy at Joe's passing. We are so blessed to have known him. What a wonderful man. He will be missed so much. Prayers for you and the family. Love you much, June and Don
Becky Coker & Georgia's Finest salon 2018-01-24 22:00:16
Shirley and family, we are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing... our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. God bless
Susan Page 2018-01-25 07:42:03
I am so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. He was a kind man.
Linda 2018-01-25 08:59:17
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers coming your way to my favorite principal ever.
Kayanne and Abit Massey 2018-01-25 10:07:43
Shirley, John, Allan, Jeff, Please know that we are thinking of you. Joe will be missed so much. He was an amazing help to the Piedmont Hotel project.
Will Troutman 2018-01-25 13:18:16
Shirley- I'm so sorry to hear about Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.
Beverly Bonnette Andersen 2018-01-25 13:48:28
On behalf of Facebook group, “I’m a GHS Red Elephant”, I want to extend our condolences to all of you. Joe was a great human being and will be missed. Beverly Bonnette ANDERSEN Founder & Administrator I’m a GHS Red Elephant
Annette Robertson 2018-01-25 14:54:30
We are so sorry and know he will be greatly missed. Jerry & Annette Robertson
Karen and Dave Long 2018-01-25 16:14:09
Shirley and family, we were so sad to hear about Joe's passing. Wishing you strength and courage during this difficult time. We will be out of town Saturday, but will be thinking about you and your dear family. You mean so much to us.
Dana Boney 2018-01-25 18:06:50
Shirley and family. My.cousin Joe. Oh how I adored and loved him!. Shirley, you and Joe were so faithful in supporting all our family events-whether a sad occasion or a happy one.And on Saturday I will be there to celebrate the life of Joe. Thank you Joe for your never ending love of others.
Johnny and Andrea Gilbert 2018-01-25 18:10:17
Joe was a true gentleman. This community has lost a great member. We pray the family takes comfort in knowing how blessed everyone was to have had him in their lives.
Dana Boney 2018-01-25 18:50:16
Joe., my beloved cousin. I adored and loved you. You and Shirley were always so supportive.in attending the Whitaker events-whether a special occasion or a sad occasion. Thank you. So on Saturday my brother Steve Whitaker and I will be there to celebrate your wonderful life. My God comfort.this family. My love to you all.
Joanne Glaze Vaughan 2018-01-26 07:22:42
Shirley and Family, My heart hurts for you. Prayers for God's peace and comfort now and in days to come.💔
Tom and Linda Chapman 2018-01-26 08:17:53
Shirley, Thoughts and prayers for you and family.
Rita Tate 2018-01-26 08:45:11
Shirley, I’m so sorry for your loss, Joe was a kind and gentle man and I always enjoyed talking to him.
Maria Baptista 2018-01-26 08:46:54
Shirley, I'm so sorry to hear Joe is gone. He was so sweet and kind. I will always remember how proud he was whenever we went to the Piedmont, to show us his books. Hugs to you.
The Chiarella Family 2018-01-26 12:56:42
Mrs Whitaker, we are so sorry to hear about Mr Whitaker's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Don Greer 2018-01-26 14:05:05
Shirley, my condolences to the family on your loss. The Longstreet Society has lost a great member and myself a person I was proud to know. I will miss Joe and his southern drawl and having to ask him to repeat words because a Northerner could not understand. Don
Beverly garrett 2018-01-26 16:55:51
One of the hardest things in life is the loss of your lifetime partner.My thoughts and prayers or with you and your family.
sherran malcolm 2018-01-26 17:46:12
Dear Shirley,So sorry for your loss. I was so glad I got to meet Joe and talk with him. I know you will miss him terribly and I know you had a wonder marriage of 68 years. Blessings & Prayers to you and your family.
Flossie Attaway and Family 2018-01-26 18:40:29
Dearest Shirley and Family, I wish that I could properly express our heartfelt love and respect for your family. We love Joe, Shirley, and the boys so very much! Joe was such an inspiration to so many people with his knowledge and experience in life. My prayers are that Our Dearest LORD will lovingly and tenderly hold each of you close each and every day. May GOD be with you.
Flossie Attaway and Family 2018-01-26 18:40:29
Dearest Shirley and Family, I wish that I could properly express our heartfelt love and respect for your family. We love Joe, Shirley, and the boys so very much! Joe was such an inspiration to so many people with his knowledge and experience in life. My prayers are that Our Dearest LORD will lovingly and tenderly hold each of you close each and every day. May GOD be with you.
Myrtle Figueras 2018-01-26 18:50:47
My heart is WITH you and the Family, Shirley! I pray God's strength in every way. -Myrtle & Tony
Paul Loggins 2018-01-27 12:07:02
John and family, Saddened to read of the passing of your Father.....Prayers are lifted for you during this time of sorrow......
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