Whittaker, Virginia Conner

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Virginia Carol Conner Whittaker, 80, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 18, 2022 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was most recently a resident of Country View Assisted Living in Peterstown, WV. Her home was in the White Gate Community of Giles County.

On December 12, 1941, Carol was the youngest child born to Mary Hazel Boone Conner and Oliver Noel Conner. She, along with her sister Mary Frances and brother Noel, lived on a dairy farm in Copper Hill, VA. Each family member would help milk the cows, gather fresh eggs from the chicken house and harvest fresh vegetables from their large garden. She enjoyed the country life.

Carol attended Check High School, where she was a member of the basketball team and was the president of her senior class. She was a gifted seamstress and made all of her dresses in high school and even made her own wedding dress.

After high school, Carol attended Danville Technical Institute, in Danville, VA, to study cosmetology. At a boarding house there, she met her future husband, Dale Hamilton Whittaker. They were married on March 31, 1961 and enjoyed 48 years together, mainly residing in White Gate, VA, at the Whittaker family home place.

Carol worked at Dublin Pharmacy, in Dublin, VA, for many years as a sales clerk and had many fond memories of the Dudley brothers. She made many special friends and coworkers.

Everyone who knew Carol knew she loved to cook. She made many loaves of sour dough bread to give away to the people of the community. She made wonderful desserts and always had a dish filled with candy in her kitchen for anyone to help themselves. Carol enjoyed making birthday cakes for her grandchildren. She loved gummy bears, chocolate candy and milk shakes.

Carol painted pictures on the outside buildings on the farm; flowers, angels, a light house and a large smiley face brightened up the old structures. One of her passions was going to the beach and collecting seashells. Once home, she would make amazing pictures and wreaths with the shells. One room of her home is filled with sea shell creations. Her grandchildren have fond memories of painting and making shell pictures with Grandma. She loved all animals and leaves behind her beloved cat, “Tinker Bell.” Carol loved planting flowers and gardening. Her beautiful day lilies and irises live on today.

Along with her parents, Virginia Carol Conner Whittaker is preceded in death by her husband, Dale Hamilton Whittaker; her sister, Mary Frances Williams; a brother, Noel Boone Conner and her great-grandson, Paul Hudson Whittaker.

She is survived by her children, Rhonda Dale & Eddie Lucas, White Gate,VA, Jeffrey Marvin & Regina Whittaker, Goodview, VA, and Pastor Craig Hamilton & Clara Whittaker, White Gate, VA; her grandchildren, Todd & Kayleigh Whittaker, Andrew & Kayla Gusler, Molly & Michael Sainz, ,Chana & Austin Schlottman, Rachel & Adam Harrington, Susanne & Bud Koontz, Maegan, Gracie, John, Phebe and Lillian Whittaker, Amelia Whittaker and Luke Whittaker; her great-grandchildren, Linkin, Ryder and Emerson Whittaker, Abby Mae Schlottman, Chloe Grace Sainz and Landyn Bowles; her bonus grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Dustin & Hillary Skyler, Owen Lucas, Brittney Lucas, Kassadey, Kerissa and Karley Sadler; and her beloved cat, “Tinker Bell.”

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Craig Whittaker and Charles Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Stinson Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 P.M. until service time, 4:00 P.M.

While flowers are appreciated, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Carol’s honor to the Poplar Hill Fire Department, c/o/ Mike Talbert, 725 Walkers Creek Valley Rd., Pearisburg, VA 24134.

The Whittaker family wishes to thank the staff at Country View Assisted Living in Peterstown, WV, for the special care you gave to Carol. You all were like family to her when she required 24 hour care and was no longer able to stay at home. Prior to going to the assisted living, we want to thank all the people who helped with her care at her home. Your kindness and willingness to help will forever be appreciated!

The Whittaker family is in the care of A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, avestandsons.com, (540) 921-2895.