Fina Bell Jones Whitener

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FINA BELLE JONES WHITENER LEICESTER - A few months shy of her 100th birthday, Fina Belle Jones Whitener died on March 15, 2011 in the loving care of family and friends at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville. The daughter of Frank Jones and Vianna Waldroup Jones, Mrs. Whitener was born on June 28, 1911, in Leicester, N.C. A lifelong member of Bell United Methodist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Odell Whitener, and siblings Blanche, George, Clinton, Wayne, Charlie, Mont and Paul Jones. She was also preceded by special friends Houston Stevens, Betty Cole, and Dot Hansell. Mrs. Whitener, a true matriarch blessed with 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews, was the proud mother of Robert Whitener (deceased) of Conyers, Ga., Marie Whitener of Leicester, N.C., Mary Bryson of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Donald Whitener of Leicester, N.C. She is survived by an extended family including Ginger Hicks of Dahlonega, Ga., Vera Robinson of Black Mountain, N.C., and Dr. Harold Goforth of Chapel Hill, N.C. Those who knew Fina admired her strong will, her loyalty to friends and family, her love of flowers and birds, and her skill as a seamstress. A masterful baker, Mrs. Whitener made sure all who entered her home were treated, and fed, like family. Special thanks to loving granddaughters Aimee Pope and Myra "Sissy" Weeks, and friends Cat Shepard, Marlene Webb, and Maggie Craig, for their unwavering and watchful care. A funeral will be held 2:00 PM on Friday March 18th at Bell United Methodist Church, Leicester with Reverend Edna Riggs and Reverend Dustin D. James officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at church, and at other times will be at the residence. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Bell Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Jo Ball, PO Box 581, Leicester, NC 28748 or the Leicester Fire Department, PO Box 100, Leicester, NC 28748.

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  1. Aimee, Don, Marie, and family,
    I was so sad to hear of Fina’s passing.I am blessed to have known her and she always made me feel welcome in her home.Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you during this difficult time.

  2. To Marie and all of her family:

    Hold your memories close and dear. They will get you through. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    May God bless all of you.

  3. Don and Marie,
    I am deeply grieved at the passing of your mom and my good friend Fina. We shared many good times together and I will miss her very much.
    May God enfold you all in his loving arms as you grieve your mother’s death. May God be your sheild and comfort in the pain and sadness 0f saying your final good-bye to your mother in this life.

    Peace to you,

  4. Myra (Sissy),
    I cant tell you how deeply sorry I am for the loss of your granny. I know you were very close to her. She was so blessed to be loved by you. You were very blessed to be loved by this incredibly special lady.May you find peace and comfort knowing you two shared a rare kind of love.

  5. Marie,We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Cecil & Kathy Tallent

  6. Myra & family – You are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time of sorrow. May you find comfort in knowing that she was welcomed with open arms in heaven. You have a new guardian angel watching over you with love.

  7. Myra,

    I’m am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget Granny Whitener and her sewing camping pillows for me. If there is anything we can do for you, please justs call. I know you will miss her very much, but we will always have the memories.

    Mark, Marisa & Marty Wines

  8. Marie and Family,
    Sorry to hear about your mother. Our prayers are with you during this time.
    Danny, Tracy, and Brandi

  9. If you ever had anybody you could confide in, someone who didn’t judge you, someone who loved you no matter what you did or who you were, that was my grandmother. I will miss her so much! Sissie (Myra Whitener Weeks)

  10. Myra I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandmother. I know she meant so much to you. Our prayers are with you. Brenda

  11. Our sympathy goes out to all of Granny Whiteners family. She has been a granny to the entire community and she will be deeply missed. If there is anything we can do for you please do not hesitate to call.
    Gayna, Gary, Kindall and Katelyn Edmonds

  12. Marie,Don, Sorry to hear of Finas passing. Her and Betty had a reunion together the other day. May God comfort you at this time.We loved Fina she was a sweet caring lady.

  13. Myra,
    We are so sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do, please just call. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Your Friends in Greenville H&L Electric Motor Repair

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