Joanne Suttles Whitaker

October 25, 1939 - July 20, 2011
Joanne Suttles Whitaker

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Joanne S. Whitaker, 71 of Mills River, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Park Ridge Hospital. A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, she was a daughter of the late George and Hassie Lance Suttles. She retired from the US Postal Service and previously worked for the Henderson County Soil Conservation Service. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Surviving is her husband of 45 years, Harry Whitaker; two daughters Lavonne Fulle and husband Robert, and Kim Carpenter and husband Phil; three grandsons Kyle, Ethan and Hunter Fulle; one granddaughter Katie Carpenter all of Mills River; two sisters Lorraine Thomas of Mills River and Susie King of Lenoir; one brother Martin Suttles of Mills River; several nieces and nephews; one special great-niece Brandy Whitaker; and close family friend Jason Davis.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00am Friday in Whitaker-Moore Cemetery. Rev. Greg Bell and Jason Davis will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday at Shuler Funeral Home and at all other times will be at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 112 Rayís Place Lane, Mills River, NC 28759.

To sign the online register book, please visit Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Friday, July 22, 2011
12:00 AM

Whitaker-Moore Cemetery - Directions
Whitaker Lane
Mills River, NC 28759

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  • July 21, 2011
    russ and cheryl robinson says:
    we're so sorry for your loss, Harry. as you know, she was a wonderful lady. we know you'll miss her, and we're thinking of you all. russ and cheryl robinson

  • August 01, 2011
    Hazel Miller Benzing says:
    Joanne was a great friend and cousin and I will miss her. So glad we could spend some time together while I was in NC recently. Hazel

  • July 25, 2011
    Donna Bradley & George says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • July 23, 2011
    Kim Norton Meany says:
    Dear Kim, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mother. I know it can't be easy. Just know you and your family are in my thoughs and paryers. May the peace of the Lord be with. Love, Kim

  • July 23, 2011
    Reva Bryson says:
    Sorry to hear about JoAnne's death. Had heard that she was very ill. I have been away so long that I didn't see her much anymore, but I remember playing together when we were kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days. Reva Bryson