Walter Rowe Whitaker, age 74, of Raleigh, NC, passed away Monday, May 5, 2015, after several years of declining health.
Walter was born on July 23, 1940, in Winston Salem, NC and was the son of the late Rowe Clorus Whitaker and Dierdrea Gould Whitaker. In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by two sisters, Kathryn W. Harris and Jane W. Wade and one brother, David L. Whitaker.
Walter is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Betty, of 32 years, and their beloved dog “Toby”. Survivors also include his loving daughter, Elizabeth W. Clark of Vass, NC and daughter, Bailey Hilton of Harrisonburg, VA; two very special and loving step-daughters, Karen H. Dance (Mike) and sons, Carson and Justin all of Chesterfield, VA, and Janet H. Morgan (David) and son, Everette, all of Raleigh, NC. Walter loved his children and grandchildren and always enjoyed the special times he shared with them. Walter is also survived by his brothers, Alan K. Whitaker (Linda) of Durham, NC and Keith W. Whitaker of Shelby, NC; brother-in-laws, Jack Wade of Denver, Colorado, Herbert Harris (Beth) of Greenville, NC, and sister-in-law, Linda Martin (Wayne) of Danville, VA, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
A service celebrating Walter’s life will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at North Raleigh United Methodist Church, 8501 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh, NC. A family visitation and reception will follow the service.
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In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 4701 Hedgemore Drive, Suite 810, Charlotte, NC 28209 or at www.kidney.org.
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