April 15, 1938 ~ September 14, 2003

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

George Riley Whittemore, Sr., 65, of 37 McKinney Road, Asheville, died Sunday, September 14, 2003, in an Asheville hospital. Mr. Whittemore was born in Buncombe County and was a son of the late Jim and Ruby Jane Smith Whittemore. He was also preceded in death by a son, Rocky Whittemore who passed on July 30, 2003. He was a self-employed truck driver and had been associated with Herbert Hodge, Northrup-Carolina, Hick’s Corporation, Metromont, and Lustar. Surviving are his wife, Frankie Browning Whittemore; one son, Eddie Whittemore of Shelby; two granddaughters, Salina W. D’Arienzo and her husband Nate of Rapid City, SD and Jessica Robin Whittemore of Ridgecrest; a great-grandson Caleb Lee D’Arienzo of Rapid City; a sister, Wanda Allen and her husband Morris; three brothers, Herman Bailey and his wife Monica, Bernice Bailey and his wife Linda, and Richard Smith; a daughter-in-law, Stephanie Whittemore and a special step-grandson, Eugene Barnes. Graveside services will be at 3:00 pm Thursday at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Terry Burke and Charlie Sams officiating. The family wishes to express appreciation to Dr. Pierre DeMatos, other physicians, nurses, and the staff of Med-Surg and Pulmonary ICU, Memorial Mission Hospital, for the care given to Mr. Whittemore. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting with the arrangements.

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  1. We loved him very much. May God bless you Frankie and hold your hand as you go thru this time of grief.

    Burnice & Linda

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  2. May The Lord Bless and keep you.
    May he show his face to you and have mercy on you.
    May he turn his countenance toward you and give you peace.
    The Lord Bless you. (Numbers 6:24)
    Frankie, may you know you’ll be
    remembered in our Prayers.
    Love You, Hazel and Family

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  3. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, WE ASK THE LORD TO CARRY YOU UNTIL YOU COULD BE STRONG AFTER ROCKYS DEATH AND AGAIN YOU HAVE TO LET HIM CARRY YOU THROUGH THIS ROUGH TIME. IT MAY SEEM LIKE MORE THAN YOU CAN BEAR BUT HE TELLS US THAT HE WILL NEVER PUT MORE ON US THAN WE CAN BEAR. ALSO KNOW THAT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE BIG SHOULDERS. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR LOVE AND CONFIDE, WEEP, AND YES EVEN LAUGH. NO WOMAN COULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER WIFE TO RILEY. YOU HONORED YOUR VOWS TO THE VERY END. WE LOVE YOU. GOD BLESS. JOE AND LINDA

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  4. Frankie, we just want you to know we will continue to pray for God’s strength, comfort and peace for you and your family.

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  5. Dear Frankie,

    We are very sorry for all of the things you have had to bear in the last few weeks.

    We just want you to know our love and prayers are with you.

    Ralph & Dolly Faulkner

    p.s. hope to see you back at work before long.

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  6. Frankie, I know that the Lord is with you. I felt his presence when I came by after Rocky’s funeral. You have been a terrific wife and mother and the Lord has been the center of it all. HE is holding you up when you don’t think you can stand on your own. Remember, HE will never forsake you!
    Love ya!!!

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  7. Riley you will be missed very much. But we are so glad that you were part of our family. We will always remember the good times that we shared. God Bless the family.

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  8. Uncle Riley was one of my favorite uncles. I have wonderful memories of him as a child.When ever we went home I looked forward to see him and hearing his great stories. I will miss him so much, it will not be the same to go home now. I wish I could have seen him one more time to let him know how much he means to me. I will miss him more then words could ever say. I love you uncle Riley.

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  9. We are so sorry for your loss. You certainly have had more than your share to carry these past few months. Your faith will carry you through. The Lord be with you. Tony & Marrell D’Arienzo

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