Mr. James Douglas Whitmire, 87

James Douglas Whitmire, 87, of Gainesville, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, July 29, 2022, after a few weeks of declining health.


Doug was born on June 2, 1935 in Forsyth County but made Hall County his home. The son of Ralph and Floyce Whitmire, he married Patricia Waters in 1954 and they just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on June 19, 2022.


He made a difference in this community by serving in the Georgia House of Representatives, Georgia D.O.T. Board, Shriners, and being a Deacon of his church, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Doug and his sons, David and Scott Whitmire, became Wendy’s franchisees and ran a successful business for 25 years.


Doug accomplished a lot in his lifetime and made a lasting impact in our community, but his greatest accomplishment was his family and his church. He will be missed.


Preceded in death by his son, Scott Whitmire; parents, Ralph and Floyce Whitmire and brothers, Don, Raymond and Doyle Whitmire.


He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Patricia Whitmire; son, David Whitmire; grandchildren, Dustin and wife Erin Whitmire, Christy and husband Kyle Chambers, (of David Whitmire), Cortney and husband Jeremy Pannell, Nikki Whitmire, Jessica and husband Craig Cheever (of Scott Whitmire), and 8 beloved great-grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 3650 GA-369 Gainesville, GA 30504. The family will receive Wednesday,, August 3, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home.



Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.


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Hazel Smith 2022-07-31 12:06:53
So sorry for your loss prayers for all .
Nancy cullings 2022-07-31 14:55:43
my prayers are with Mrs Whitmire and my children and all of the family. Mr Whitmire was a great father and law and grandfather to me and my children and will be truly missed. My comfort lies that I know he is with Jesus and his beloved Scott
Judy Waldrip Ferguson and Halleen Waldrip 2022-07-31 15:55:10
Our deepest sympathy, love, and prayers for Pat and the entire family. Doug was a fine man and will be missed .
Delita lynn smith 2022-07-31 16:50:33
To pat and david so sorry to hear about my cousin doug!
Donna Pannell 2022-07-31 17:11:13
My heart is heavy, Mr Whitmire was adored by his family and the entire family is in our prayers.
Sandra Mcgehee Long 2022-07-31 19:54:44
Doug and his family was very special to our family. Our prayers are with you all.
Bobby and Nancy Gravitt 2022-08-01 09:02:48
Doug Whitmire was a large part of my growing up years at my parents cafe, Doug’s Drive In, as were all of the Whitmire brothers. Later in my life he and his entire family were part of our church family for many years. He will be missed by many. My children were also influenced by the Whitmire family at church. Doug and Pat being a big part of that at church in Sunday School and Vacation Bible school. As the saying goes “it takes a village” and I can proudly say the Whitmire family was a part of our village. Prayers are with Ms Pat and the family. My memories are good memories of the Whitmire family!
Beth Benson-Heth 2022-08-01 10:11:56
Sending sincere condolences to Mr. Whittier’s family. I will pray for God’s comfort and peace for you all.
JO ANN NIX MARTIN 2022-08-01 17:49:48
My sympathy to all the Whitmire family. Doug and I were baptized at Salem in the same year 1945, before they moved to Hall county. Sending my love to all.
Doyle Whitmire 2022-08-01 19:56:57
DOUG was my dad's brother and uncle to me. My dad Doyle had passed away when he was 44. DOUG AND DON were always looking out for me and always lead and guided me in the right direction. When I would stray the would let me know by that look in their eye and that mental kick in the rear that " boy ya better straighten up" .I'm thankful more than ever to have been blessed with men such as these to have had them as uncles.Doug will forever be remembered and also DON and love ya both and until we meet again, God bless and we will miss yas!!,chip
Leslie Walker 2022-08-03 07:20:56
My heart goes out to Pat who supported and loved her husband for 67 years. To David the loss of your father must be difficult. I’m so sorry for your loss. To my precious children and their families I know the loss of your grandfather has been heart breaking. I pray that God grant you peace and understanding during this time. To my nieces and to the Whitmire extended family I know Mr. Whitmire loved his wife and sons and his family. He leaves a legacy. Cherish the memories and take care of Pat. Love and prayers go up for all of you. 🙏🏻❤️
Bonnie Howard Dianne H Nalley 2022-08-03 12:00:01
We are praying for the family. GOD BLESS YOU.
Christy Whitmire Chambers 2022-08-03 23:30:37
My grandfather was one in a million! He helped mold my brother and I to who we are today alongside our parents, David & Leslie and Meme. He instilled God in the center of our lives and taught us the importance of family. He was our rock and Meme is the glue to our family. My prayer for our family is to continue that love to our children and grandchildren with God in the center of it all. He also taught me how a man should treat his wife by his actions of 67 years of a blissful marriage, hence why I was picky and married a wonderful christian husband. My grandfather loved my husband like his own and always bragged how well I did. Grandaddy, your wife, your sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be forever grateful for the time we had with you and will miss you dearly. Can’t wait to get one of your bear hugs again one day. Until we meet again... Love your granddaughter, Christy PS: give Jesus & Uncle Scott a big hug from me! ❤️❤️❤️
Kandi Dolan 2022-08-06 09:02:13
My heart goes out to Mrs Whitmire who loved her husband for 67 years. David the loss of your father must be difficult. I’m so sorry for your loss. To all the grandchildren Dustin, Christy, Cortney, Nikki, And Jessica and their families. I know the loss of your grandfather has been heart breaking. I pray that God give you all peace and understanding during this time. To Mr. Whitmire’s extended family I know Mr. Whitmire loved his wife and sons and his family. He leaves a legacy. Cherish the memories. Love and prayers go up for all of you.❤️
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