March 15, 1943 ~ June 27, 2021

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

Robert Nathaniel Whittemore, 78, died on Sunday, June 27, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathaniel Whittemore (Big Daddy) and Pearl Whittemore (Big Mama), as well as his brother Bill Whittemore.

He is survived by his children, Rob Whittemore, Camille Whittemore, Tamara Whittemore McKee, and Paige Whittemore Rice and their spouses; grandchildren, Zak King, Levi King, Payton Rice and Jaden Rice; and the mother of his children, Margaret Whittemore.

He is also survived by his siblings, Pete Whittemore, Pam Sorrels, Lynne Allison Davis, Tim Whittemore, Tommy Whittemore, their spouses and several nieces and nephews.

He retired as Director of Imaging Services at a local hospital.

No services are planned.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. My grandmother was Margaret Whittemore (1892>1955) and she was born in Barnardsville. She was a teacher in Fairview for years and married Oscar Blankenship from Cane River, also in the school business. If Mr. Whittemore had roots in Barnardsville we are probably related on the Whittemore side. To his family my deepest sympathy. Gerry Huntley, Fairview, NC.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll never forget Cam’s story about him “bowling for dollars” in the Bent Creek house. 😂 I know you all loved him so much and he will be missed. I’m sure he was very proud of all of you and will continue watching over you all. Love, hugs and prayers for all of you!!
    Jerri Henderson-Cordell

  3. We are very sorry to hear Mr. Whittemore passed away. He was a favorite, and we loved hearing him talk about his coin collection. Please accept our sincere sympathy. May God grant you peace and comfort.

  4. My heart is so sad to read this. Bob and I were neighbors growing up. Had the best Dad and Mom. Will miss you my crazy friend. I will always remember the crazy (real life) stories you told and the million jokes, made me laugh so hard. Thank you for your many years of friendship. The past 2 years have been very hard on you, faced many physical challenges , but took them like a trooper. Will miss you but RIP and I will see you on the other side.
    Gary and Martha Maney

  5. Robert we will truly miss your visits to our store. We loved seeing your newest additions to your coin collections that you enjoyed so much. And to Mrs. Martha Maney your endless efforts
    to see that your dear friend got to his doctor’s appointments, to the grocery store, the pharmacy,
    and rides home from the hospital so many times, our thoughts are with you too!
    Lisa, Ramona, & David Creasman & the entire staff of D. C. Creasman Jewelers.

  6. Dear Rob, Cam, Tamara, Paige, Zak, Levi, Peyton and Jaden. Thinking of you and sending so much love, strength and peace to all of you. My heart is so sad for you. Our love to all. Aunt Pam, Uncle Mac and family


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