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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  • April 15, 2024
    Brandy Whitaker says:
    , There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. wish I could've spent a lot more time with you. Now, the time has gotten away from me again, and I lost precious time that I could have spend with Harry. It comforts me to know that he's with you again. You two shared a love that people only wish they could have. And you shared so much of that love with me, no matter what I did, or who I chose to live with at the age of 5. You two were more that my great-aunt & uncle, You were my grandparents and I cherish EVERY memory I have with the two of you. From riding with "old man Harry" in the milk truck to pick up & deliver milk. He'd always have chewing gum waiting for me. The you and I would go shopping for beads so I could make you "the most beautiful necklaces" as you would say. God I wish I could go back in time and make more of an effort to see y'all. You both know how hard it was for me to come to the "Whitaker Compound" knowing I'd never get the land i was promised. You were right NaNa. But all of that is something I never had control over and I hate myself for that causing me yo not come see y'all as much as I should have. I would have loved for you to have met Danika and us 3 paint ceramics together. I never even got Harry's famous eggnog recipe. I could go on and on. I just hope that y'all forgive me for not being there every chance I got, and I hope that one day I'll see y'all again when i get called to heaven. Lavonne or Kim please let me know when the service will be held, so i can make sure I ask for the time off. Or let me know if I can help with ANYTHING!! I love y'all!

  • July 21, 2011
    Hugh "Ronnie" Gabriel says:
    To the Whitaker family you are in my thoughts and prayers in this time of loss.

  • 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