Jake Whitaker, a senior at Appalachian State from Youngsville, North Carolina, died unexpectedly in a car accident on January 22, 2015 at the age of 21.
Jake is survived by his parents, Dale and Jeannette Whitaker; his grandparents, David and Joyce Smith; his half-sisters, Michelle Kenney and husband, Brad, of Siloam, and Erin Whitaker and husband, David, of Ararat; his forever girlfriend, Kenna Cupp; his uncle, Scott Smith and wife, Val, of Winter Haven, Florida; his nephews, Brandon Kenney and Devin Whitaker; his niece, Savannah Kenney and numerous cousins, great aunts and great uncles. He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Fred and Ruth Whitaker.
Jake was born in Raleigh, NC on June 8, 1993 to Dale and Jeannette Whitaker. He graduated with honors from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School in 2011. Jake was a senior at Appalachian State University, pursuing a double major in chemistry and biology while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Upon graduating with his under graduate degree, Jake was planning to attend North Carolina State University in pursuit of his master’s degree and PhD.
Jake loved the outdoors from the NC mountains to the sandy shores of Topsail Island. He enjoyed exploring nature, hiking and bicycling. He had a passion for music and playing his guitar. His love for music and art led him to finding true love with Kenna Cupp. Jake loved to travel with his family, visiting Ireland, England, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. An incredibly intelligent young scientist, he held a position at ASU as a research student, as well as an organic chemistry and biochemistry tutor. He was a member of Grace Haven Baptist Fellowship and participated in several mission trips and humanitarian work. Jake was known as the glue among his friends. Jake was the pride and joy of his parents, and they considered him the model son. He was his Nana and Paw-Paw’s bright and shining star.
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Visitation hours are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest. A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Youngsville Baptist Church located at 315 E. Main St., Youngsville, NC 27596.
A graveside service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Stanford Methodist Church in Surry County. Reverend Dick Graves will officiate.
Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to either Grace Haven Baptist Fellowship, P. O. Box 1432, Wake Forest, NC 27588 or Stanford Methodist Church, 603 Stanford Church Road, Siloam, NC 27047.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-5811)