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Thomas Burton Whitaker
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Obituary for Thomas Burton Whitaker

August 11, 1946 - August 19, 2018

Thomas Burton Whitaker passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday.

He was preceded in death by his father Earl R. Whitaker.

Tom is survived by his loving children, daughter Tomi Whitaker Stapler, son Thomas Allen (Albo) Whitaker, and daughter-in-law Sebrina Elliott Whitaker, along with their mother Sandra Thompson Craft. His pride and joy were his grandchildren, Samuel Stapler, Jill Stapler, Lily Whitaker, and Aden and Ella Frates.

Survivors also include his precious mother, Ann Schrimsher Whitaker, two brothers, Glen (Vickie) Whitaker, and Roger (Sherry) Whitaker, and sister, Patricia Whitaker, along with a host of cherished nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his close friend and former son-in-law Carl Stapler. Tom maintained a close relationship with his former step children John (April) Reavis, Amy Reavis (Michael) Lipscomb, step grandchildren Jacob Reavis, Courtney Reavis, and Will (Wilbur) Deen, and special friend and former spouse Joyce Meeks Whitaker.

Tom was a brilliant man with a wonderful engineering mind, who served his country well. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. He retired from Civil Service, Redstone Arsenal, after a long and distinguished career.

Tom loved and enjoyed playing country music, and he has been known to entertain the breakfast crowd at the local Dairy Dip in New Hope with his guitar playing and singing. He was also an avid hunter. He loved coaching and he coached some of his children’s little league teams to several championships.

He was a man with a huge giving heart and charitable spirit who helped those around him in need. He had an unmistakable infectious laugh that
will forever be remembered. He will be greatly missed by the many people who loved him.

Visitation will be Thursday 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home, Friday at 12:00 pm with officiating.

Interment will be in the Whitaker Cemetery.

Previous Events





3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New Hope Funeral Home

2500 Oak Grove Road
New Hope, AL 35760

Funeral Ceremony




12:00 PM
New Hope Funeral Home

2500 Oak Grove Road
New Hope, AL 35760





1:00 PM
Whitaker Cemetery

Ikard Rd.
New Hope, AL 35760


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