Whittaker, Donald Ray

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Donald Ray Whittaker, 57, of Wilburn Valley, Pearisburg, died on Sunday morning, September 11, 2011, at his home. Born in Giles County on November 17, 1953, he was a son of the late James Hoge Whittaker and Frankie Gertrude Lindsey Whittaker.

He was a truck driver and last worked for BTS Trucking and Jennelle Paving. He was preceded in death by one brother.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Linda Brown Whittaker; his sons and daughters-in-law “Bubby” Donald and April Blankenship, of Staffordsville, Joe and Charlotte Blankenship, of Elgood, W.Va., Dean and Michelle Blankenship, of Raeford, N.C., David and Geri Blankenship, of Princeton, W.Va., and Dwight and Trina Blankenship, of Wayne, Va.; his daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Paul Gusler, of Pearisburg, Vickie and Brian Wilson, of Staffordsville, Terri Wright, of Elgood, W.Va., and Nancy Sowers, of Oakvale, W.Va.; his grandchildren, Devin and Dawn Blankenship, William and Chrissy Gusler, Chasity and B.J. Wilson, Brooke and Josh Blankenship, Justin and D.J. Blankenship, Pammy Blankenship, Sabrina McGuire, Dwight Jr. and Katie, and Tristan, and Shane Blankenship, Brittany Hall, and Taylor Hylton; his great- grandchildren, Caleb Blankenship, Nicholas Brookes, Shawnta and Eric McGuire, Chanler and Zoey Gusler, and Melony Blankenship; and a sister.

Funeral Services will be conducted at noon on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with Brother Charlie Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Bane. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, September 13, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.