James “Pete” Edward Whitaker

October 20, 1927 - July 10, 2020

10/20/1927 - 07/10/2020

Past Services

Sunday July 12, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Monday July 13, 2020
Following the service at Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Monday July 13, 2020
11:00 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Additional Information:

Rev. Mark Warren officiating.

AHOSKIE, NC – James “Pete” Edward Whitaker, age 92, of Hwy 561 East, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mr. Whitaker was born on October 20, 1927 to Namon and Belle Clark Whitaker in Martin County, NC. “Pete” was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, He cherished his family and enjoyed having cook outs and spending time with everyone. He worked as a planer mill foreman for Georgia Pacific for 50 years before retiring in 1990. When he was not working or enjoying a family get together you could find him gardening or on the river fishing, which was his favorite past time. Pete will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Besides his parents, “Pete” was preceded in death by his wife, June Lewis Whitaker, sisters, Virginia Lassiter, and Faye Sawyer, and brothers, Buck, Tommy, Joe, and Bobby Whitaker.


“Pete” is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Gray Whitaker; two sons, Charles Ray Whitaker and wife Linda, and Dennis “Mike” Michael Whitaker Sr. and wife Brenda all of Ahoskie; three granddaughters, Laura Joyner of Murfreesboro, Jennifer Hathaway and husband John of Roxobel, and Sherri Farmer of Ahoskie; two grandsons, Dennis Whitaker Jr. and wife Brittany of Ahoskie, and Timothy Whitaker and wife Makayla of Ahoskie; seven great-grandsons, Grayson, Daniel, Alston, Tyler, Brantley, Cayden, and Ethan; two great-granddaughters, Camryn, and Lilli; a sister, Ruby Edmondson of Williamston; his special fur baby, Goldie; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Sunday, July 12, 2020, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, and other times at the home.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 11:00 am at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Mark Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ahoskie, NC 27910

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Whitaker family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.


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Marilyn Shue Carter
3 years ago

Ray, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless

Becky Castello
3 years ago

Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Praying for God to wrap his loving arms around this family for peace and comfort. Remember always this is not goodbye but instead an until we meet again!

Linda Whitaker Powell
3 years ago

You will be missed very much Uncle Pete.. So sorry for the whole families loss and heartbreak.. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Abron "AJ" Lassiter
3 years ago

Pete was a good man. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family.

Sarah Connor Turner "Biddie"
3 years ago

I am so very sorry for your lost,Pete was a good man, and will be greatly missed I’ll keep you all in my prayers.Sending lots love and hugs for all.❤

Janie Cratch
3 years ago

My heartfelt sorrow for the Whitaker family.
Uncle Pete will surely be missed.
Prayerfully thinking of you all.

Howard and Susan Destler
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss condolences to you and your family!

Leroy Beaman
3 years ago

Ray, I’m so sorry to hear about your father, I’ll say a prayer for you and your family.

Brenda B Lassiter
3 years ago

Cheryl, I am thinking of you and saying a prayer for you and your loved ones.

Mary Ayers
3 years ago

Prayers to the family. I can see them all sitting around the big table up there. Pete Whiather-Pete Williowbe–Jimmy MCkeel– Jimmy Williams–Al Roberson–John Taylor and so many more. You all were great sitting around joking and fixing the worlds problems. Oh but the world is so different today. Loved you all.