The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


August 21, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, August 22, 2013


Ronald Lee Whitmore

Ronald Lee Whitmore, 66, of Minden, died Aug. 14, 2013, at his residence surrounded by family after a long battle with lung cancer.

Born April 19, 1947, in Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late James Whitmore and June Somerville Whitmore. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom Whitmore and John Whitmore; and a granddaughter, Payton M. Hutchinson.

Ronald proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during Viet Nam. Also, he was a member of the Army National Guard.

One of his favorite sayings was “Today I stand before you because I can’t stand behind you to talk to you about something I know nothing about.”

Surviving: his wife, Flora Jane Neff Whitmore of Minden; former wife and mother of his children, Patty Pruitt; stepmother, Phyllis Whitmore; his children, Ronald “Ronnie” Whitmore Jr. of Georgia, Jacqueline Rock-Urnowey of Florida, Terra J. Walker and Mary M. Goins, both of Oak Hill, Patrick “PJ” Jewell Jr. of North Carolina, and Misty D. Jewell and Brandi L. Jewell, both of Florida; grandchildren, Ronald “Lee” Whitmore III, Dean M. Whitmore, Ariel-Elizabeth S. Whitmore, Lauren Dye, McKenzie Rock, Kyle A. Smith, Brett T. Smith, Emmi R. Jewell, Lexy M. Cunningham, Kayden E. Souza, and Tyler Lee Keith; sisters-in-law, Karen Whitmore and Barb Whitmore; siblings, James “Jim” and wife Ellen Whitmore, Arlene Kubiak, Ruby Johnson, and Becky Burgess; many nephews, nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

The family requests that donations in Ronald’s memory be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, or to Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675 (include “In Memory of Ronald Lee Whitmore” on your check or money order).

Funeral service was Aug. 18 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Bart Urnowey and Pastor Justin Seay officiating.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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