December 8, 1927 ~ December 23, 2010

Born in: Westminster, SC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – George Wallace Whitehead, 83, of Asheville died Thursday, December 23, 2010 at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. Mr. Whitehead was born in Westminster, SC on December 8, 1927 and was a United States Navy Veteran where he served during World War II. After being discharged, George attended Bulova Watch Making School and was in the jewelry business for ten years. He was later employed by Pilot Life Insurance Company where he worked as a salesman for over 24 years. Since his retirement Mr. Whitehead had enjoyed volunteering with Hospice Treasures and Blue Ridge Broadcasting. George had been a member of Biltmore Baptist Church since 1966 and was a faithful member of the Men's Golden Rule class. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Janice Fennell Whitehead; a daughter, Cindy Perry and her husband, Alvin of Candler; a son, Jim Whitehead of Pawley's Island, SC; and grandchildren, Jason, Stacy, Noah and Joshua. Also surviving are brothers, John and Myke Weeks; Bobby, Billy, Joe and Ron Moore; and sisters, Vermell Phillips and Rachel Moore. In addition, he is survived by a very special mother-in-law, Frances Fennell, of Easley, SC. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian at 2:00 pm with Reverend Rick Morton officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family would like to express their appreciation to all the staff and caregivers at the VA Medical Center and the Community Living Center for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the "Hospice Fund" c/o Charles A. George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805 or to the Mature Adults Reaching People (MARP) at Biltmore Baptist Church, Arden, NC 28704 or to one's favorite charity.

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  1. To: The Whitehead family

    Even when we know that death is imminent, it does not lessen the pain of losing a loved one. Please know that Jessie and I will keep all of you in our prayers and thoughts.

    The world has lost a gentle giant, and he will be missed very much.

    Our love and prayers,

    Tommy and Jessie Koontz

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  2. Jim, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The pain of losing him will be with you always, but it will ease with time. Cherish and share the memories.

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  3. I am signing the guestbook in behalf of Jack Wheeler. Jack also worked for Pilot Life. He and Mr. Whitehead were good friends. He wanted to send his condolences; and will keep the family in his prayers.

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  4. WITH EACH MEMORY WE MEET AGAIN WITH THOSE WE LOVE, FOR THE HEART NEVER FORGETS. THERES A PLACE INSIDE THE HEART WHERE LOVES LIVES ALWAYS…AND WHERE NOTHING BEAUTIFUL CAN EVER BE FORGOTTEN. WE LOVE YOU GEORGE

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  5. George was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. He leaves a loving legacy to his family and he will be missed. His strength of character was so strong in the way he cared and loved others. He was truly, as Tommy and Jessie Koontz said, ‘A gentle giant among men’ and men like George will live on in the hearts of others forever. Nellie and Wayne McCarthy

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  6. Dear Cindy and Family,
    I am sorry about your loss, but I am glad to know that your dad is resting in the arms of Jesus. God be with you during this time.
    Love, Angie Stucker

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  7. Janice, Cindy, Jimmy, and family:
    Mom and I send our deepest sympathy for your loss.
    We hold dear many memories of George, and the family.
    May God shower you with His abiding peace in the coming days.
    With love,
    Margaret Barton and
    Teresa Barton Lindsey

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  8. I just wanted to express how sorry I am for your loss. I know it’s been a rough road lately for you all and although George is better off in heaven now, it’s always hard to loose a loved one. I hope you know that you all are in our thoughts & prayers and we love you very much.

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  9. Dear Janice, Cindy, Jimmy & family – Our love and prayers are with you during these difficult days. We loved George and we will miss him. So glad he was part of our family. Love you all so much.

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  10. Dear Janice and Family,
    Our heart-felt condolences to all of you. What a privilege and joy it has been to volunteer with both George and Janice through Care Partners Hospice. We’ll miss George’s sense of humor and fun-loving nature. The rose bush and flowers George and Janice gave us from their back yard…..they’re even more precious to us.

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  11. Dear Janice, Cindy & Jimmy,
    We learned today, (1/23/11), of George’s home going, since we all live out of Asheville area. It appears that George continued to live a full and purposeful life, and is now all he was born to be, by God’s protective hand. Love from Joyce, Autumn & Kelly

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