Former Mountain Home post master dies at age 88.
He was born in Jonesborough, Tn, August 31, 1923. He served in the 1st Infantry Division In WWII of the US Army. He made the invasion of France on Omaha Beach and served as staff sergeant during WWII. He received numerous medals, including 1 Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars for Heroism, 2 Presidential Citations, 5 Battle Stars, French Citation, Belgium Citation and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was recalled in 1950 and served as a master sergeant during the Korean War.
Mr. Whitaker retired as postmaster of Mountain Home, Tn., after 39 years of federal service. He Attended ETSU and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesborough. He was also a former member of the National League of Postmasters, Tennessee League of Postmasters, American Legion and the VFW.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Bernese Ashton Whitaker, in 1992; and his parents, George W. Whitaker and Mary Winnie Reece Whitaker Hopkins; 3 brothers, Wallace, Paul and Harold Whitaker; and 2 sisters, Louise Blair and Marie Young; and his son-in-law, Benjy Howell.
Survivors include 2 sons, Terry Ray Whitaker and Wallace “Skip” Whitaker and wife, Jasleen; 1 Daughter, Janice Howell; 2 Granddaughters, Holly Howell Rogers and Melissa Whitaker and her husband, Bob, all of Johnson City; 1 grandson, Kevin Howell and his wife, Mesina Hall Howell, of Charleston, South Carolina; and 2 great grandchildren, Kylah and Keaton Rogers, of Johnson City.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2012, from the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Pastor Greg DePriest will officiate.
Burial services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday from the Monte Vista Memorial Park. A procession will leave for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday.
Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Morris Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City. 423-282-1521