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William Howard Whitmire, Sr.

January 31, 1932 — January 9, 2023


William (Bill) H Whitmire Sr, 90, of Cleveland TN went to be with his precious Savior on January 9, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family.


Bill was born January 31, 1932, to Clifford (Pop) and Naomi Lee Whitmire. He was so blessed to have wonderful godly parents. His mother Naomi was such a strong Christian influence in his life that molded him into the humble servant that he was. He was a faithful member of the North Cleveland Church of God for 83 years. He served in many areas of the church, such as the church trustee for over 52 years, founding member of the Crusader Choir, Church Council, and Unity Sunday school class.  His true passion was serving the less fortunate and children on mission trips with the Men and Women of Action. He was blessed to have taken his grandsons on several of these trips. He was married to Charleen Middleton Whitmire for over 60 years. She preceded him in death in 2012. He served his community in various areas such as on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club, and Optimist Club. He served the United Way, and worked with Habitat for Humanity.  He retired from Weyerhaeuser as an Administrative Manager after 40 plus years. 


Bill was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Naomi Whitmire, wife Charleen Whitmire, younger brother Rev Bob Whitmire, and his wife Jean Whitmire.


 His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandsons. He leaves behind a son, William (Billy) Whitmire Jr and wife Peggy; daughter Julia Whitmire; his three grandsons, William Whitmire III (Miriam) of Cleveland TN, Matthew Whitmire and wife Holly of Nashville, Joshua Jones and wife Emily of Nashville, TN; ten great-grandchildren, and nephew Reverend Mike (Sandy) Whitmire, several nieces and nephews survived.


Our heartfelt gratitude to Hearth Hospice and his wonderful caregivers, Heather, Abby, and Brandy, and to his special friend, Dot Potts. The family appreciates all the love and prayers that were received during our dad’s illness; even in sickness he was truly blessed.


Family will receive friends Thursday, January 12, 2023, at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory from 4pm to 7pm. A Celebration of Life will be conducted Friday January 13, 2023 at North Cleveland Church of God at 1:00pm with Pastor Mark Williams and Pastor Mike Whitmire officiating. Interment will follow at Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with Jimmy Goddard, Rick Hyde, Steve Hyde, Jackie Carroll, Amado Waycott, and Steve Gaither serving as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Unity Sunday School Class. The service will conclude with a white dove release ceremony and the playing of the bagpipes.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made towards North Cleveland Church of God Benevolence Fund, the Unity Sunday School Class, or Men and Women of Action.


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Service Schedule

Past Services

A Gathering of Friends

Thursday, January 12, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Friday, January 13, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Friday, January 13, 2023

Starts at 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

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