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William S. Whittaker, Sr.


Sunrise: September 10, 1927

Sunset: May 15, 2020

William S. Whittaker Sr. of Norfolk, VA departed his earthly home on Friday, May 15th at the age of 92.  He was fondly known as Daddy William by his grandchildren, Uncle William by his nieces and nephews, Big Whitt and Bill by his close friends, and simply Daddy by his beloved children.   He also obtained a recent title of granddaddy.

He was born in Norfolk, VA on September 10, 1927 to William Whittaker and Maggie Hundley Whittaker and was the oldest of 4 children.  His siblings included 2 brothers, Oscar and Russell (predeceased) and 1 sister, Constance (predeceased).   He was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and on March 29, 1947 he married his wife of 43 years, Helen Cephas Whittaker.

His employment history included Highs Ice Cream, C. Lloyd Johnson Trucking Company and lastly retiring from CFS International Terminals.  He enjoyed working on cars and became the family go to mechanic in addition to many others.   He was also good at carpentry doing most of the work in finishing his home with his wife Helen as his helper.  They both peacefully left this earth in the same room of that house.

He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Bolling Brook where he served as a Male Usher and was a loyal supporter until the day he left this earth.  He looked forward to receiving communion and hearing his Pastor sing, I know it was the blood.

He was predeceased by his wife Helen Whittaker, his son Gregory Whittaker and grandson Ryan Whittaker. He is survived by his six children, William Whittaker, Jr. (Belinda), Brenda Whittaker, Gail Walden (Willie), Karen Fulton (Ronald), Pat Cheatham (Andre), Jewel Cooper (Christopher), his brother Oscar Whittaker (Carolyn) and daughter in law Adele Whittaker. In addition, he leaves a host of relatives that include grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

During his final days what he enjoyed most was spending time with his family and talking about current events and politics from the comfort of his recliner, watching old westerns, eating his snacks from his snack bag next to his chair and drinking Pepsi.

Rest well Daddy, Daddy William, Granddaddy, Big Whitt, Bill, till we meet again!  Tell Helen, Mama, Greg and Bert we said HEY!

Viewing Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:00am First Baptist Church Bolling Brook 120 Filbert Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23502 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Head, Edwards (Vanessa) TITUSTOWN, DIVEN STREET says

    Dear Family, The Lord cares and will comfort your hearts during this time and forever. Please remember that our memories are forever and a place where we can always visit when our loved ones are no longer here with us. Condolences to the family of Mr. William whom our family has known for over fifty years. Whenever I would drive down Hughart Street and would see Mr. William sitting outside I would stop and he welcomed me to stay a while and visit. There are many memories of this wonderful man, that truly loved his family. Vanessa sends love and prayers

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      Larry Hamlin says

      May time heal the sadness that the Whittaker family is feeling at this time.

      During these though times; know that you all will forever be in our hearts and prayers.

      May God continue to bless the Whittaker family.

      Titustown Resident, Marie and Larry Hamlin

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    MARY A. JENKINS says

    To the Whittaker Family may God grant you comfort and peace in Jesus name.

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    Robin Gainey says

    Condolences to you all, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Sincerely from Robin Gainey and Irene Gaines

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    Pauletta Dyson Spruill says

    To Karen and Gail, and their family. May the peace of the Lord be with you during this time, and stay with you always. Continue to hold to God’s unchanging hand. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Thirkell Askew Wright says

    My condolences to Oscar and the Whittaker Family in the loss of your love one. Keep his memories in your heart. Hold on to the Master hand and he will see you through.
    Thirkell Askew Wright

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    Onturo & Kathleen Johnson says

    We can only imagine what you now know of our Savior!
    Our prayers and condolences go out to the family of Brother Whittaker.

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    Rita Askew says

    With deepest sympathy to Oscar Whittaker and the Whittaker family in their loss. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.

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    Mary Askew says

    Oscar and the entire Whittaker family know that God is our Healer and Provider William has received the wings of a dove what a marvelous thing to be absent from the body is presence with the Lord. Carolyn, Lydia and Myrna we love you all so much.

    Mary Askew & Lawrence Winfield

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    Harrel Hundley says

    I send my love and condolences to the Whitaker family and pray to God well ease your pain also I remember cousin Big William he always had a smile on his face and he was a loved great man

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    Deborah "Taylor" Mapp says

    To William, Brenda & Family: My prayers are with you as you say, “So long” to one so dear. May you have good memories of your father. May God comfort and strengthen each of you as only He can. Peace and Love.

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    Linda Fletcher Riddick says

    Sending our love and prayers to William and family. May the Lord put his loving arms around you all and give you peace.. I know your heart is filled from the home going passing of your father..Rest assured that God will heal all of your hearts.. We love you and if we can do anything for you, do not hesitate to call..
    Linda Riddick
    & Family

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    Norbert Collins Jr says

    To the Whittaker family God’s love and blessing from norbert, erma , and Jason Collins . I learned the true meaning of family love and togetherness. I also want to send God’s blessings from Maurice, Snappy, skipper, Renee, Patricia, Monique and the entire Hundley family .

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    Danetta Hendricks says

    To William and Belinda, and the entire Whittaker family, I send my Love and Prayers for God’s Blessing, Peace, and Healing. Continue to walk gently in Faith as you Celebrate the wonderful life of your Father, Grandfather, Uncle, and Friend.

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    Cynthia Robinson says

    To: Jewel and Family, and the Whittaker’s clan
    Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Look to the hills from which our help cometh from, for God loves you and care. He will forever be with you now and even to the end. Draw strength, peace and comfort from the memories you cherishes that Mr. Whittaker lived a full, loving, blessed and happy life. God bless you all.

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    Sanford Winfield says

    To: The Entire Whittaker Family, The Winfield Family want you to know that you have our Deepest Sympathy with the passing of your beloved Father.Please know that your Family is in our Thoughts and Prayer during your time of sorrow. May God Bless each and everyone of you.

    The Winfield Family

    Helen,James(Bee),Odessa,Lawrence,Bernard,and Sanford

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