Mr. Whitner died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Habersham Medical Center.
Born Oct. 26, 1934, in Franklin, N.C., he was a son of the late Virgina Nell Cabe Whitener. In addition to his mother, he also was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Whitener.
Mr. Whitner was a retired deputy with Habersham County Sheriff’s Department with 26 years of service and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict as a military policeman. He was an active member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and a trustee over the years. In his spare time, Mr. Whitner enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Freda Sanders Whitner of Clarkesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Mike Henderson and Gay and Ronnie Perry, all of Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Kathi Whitner of Comer; son, Gary Whitner of Comer; grandchildren, Joshua Perry (Leah), Matthew Henderson (Lindsey), Brody Henderson (Christy), Cara Henderson, Stacey Tanner (Clint), Jennifer Hettenhouse (Ian); three great-grandchildren and one on the way; and brothers, Larry Whitener and Alan Whitener, both of Clarkesville.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. today, Feb. 6.
Flowers are optional or donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
February 6, 2013