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Patrick Anderson pic

Patrick John Anderson

01/15/2000 ~ 02/15/2019

Services will be held: 02/19/2019


Carolyn Prince Buffaloe

10/16/1937 ~ 02/15/2019

Services will be held: 02/20/2019


Jeanne Dupree Johnson

08/30/1934 ~ 02/16/2019

Services will be held: 02/23/2019

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Lillian Corvi Barbour

02/20/1928 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

Fred Elliot pic

Fred “Freddy” Allen Elliott, Jr.

03/07/1962 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

Midgette Obit Photo

Sherry Wilson Midgette

08/07/1949 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/15/2019

Shirley Clinger

Shirley Lee Clinger

03/28/1946 ~ 01/25/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

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Janice Norris Sais

10/30/1943 ~ 02/11/2019

Services will be held: 02/15/2019

Rev. George Wilson Whitman


12/20/1928 ~ 04/08/2018

Rev. George W. Whitman
Dec. 20, 1928 – Apr. 8, 2018

GARNER – Rev. George Wilson Whitman, Jr., 89, went home to be with his Lord Sunday. Born in Duplin County, he was the son of the late George Whitman, Sr. and Louise Coker Whitman. George was chef, manager, and eventually, co-owner of Finch’s Restaurant for 38 years. Upon retiring from Finch’s, he pastored Hayes Chapel Christian Church in Garner for 17 years. George loved teaching, preaching, helping others, and spreading joy through baking.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Clara Mitchell Whitman; his daughters, Diane Walls and Lisa Hatfield (Lloyd); son-in-law, Jim -husband of his deceased daughter, Georgia; grandchildren, Eric (Jamie), Adrian, John Lloyd (Carissa), Victor, Josh, Libby (Chris) and Jason (Heather); great-grandchildren, Isabel, Victoria, Michael, Quintin, Daniel, Trinity, Alyssa, Trent, Gavin, and CJ; his sisters, Betty (Wayne), Patricia (George) and Connie (Steve) ; brother-in-law, Jerry and sister-in-law, Rena, as well as many nieces and nephews, whom he dearly loved .
In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Transitions LifeCare 250 Hospice Cr. Raleigh, NC 27607.



6-8:00 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home



11:00 am

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
1200 Benson Road Garner, NC 27529

Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park


  1. Brenda Wainright

    Will miss you you were a blessing just to be around and a wonderful teacher and pie Baker u r now in his loving arms for eternity well done my child well done

  2. Nancy Resvis

    Clara, I am so sorry for the loss of your very special husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. God has a very special place prepared for George. Love you lady.

  3. Carol Lyman

    May be being not to all in heaven. He brought much joy, friendship, and Christian love to my life. He will be forever Papa George to me. Love and prayers to the family.

  4. Carol Lyman

    May be being much joy to those in heaven. He brought much joy, love and Christian love to me. He will be forever Papa George to me. Love and prayers to the family.

  5. Betty Jo Perritte

    Reverend Whitman was a joy to be around. He was very knowledgeable of the Bible and talked it to everyone. He will be missed by all.

  6. Lib and joe

    Indebted to our friend for explaining the word so cleary.His love for the bible was contagious.He was blessed to have a mate to support him in his minestry.we miss ourbrother

  7. Virginia Carroll

    My condolences to Mrs. Whitman and all of the family.

  8. Belle Stancil

    He was always nice to me. He and his wife was always do receptive to me when i saw them at Hayes Chapel. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR HIS WIFE AND HIS FAMILY.

  9. Judy Stone Auman

    Mr. Whitman was so good to Mother and Dad and they loved him very much. His death leaves a void here on earth. My sympathies to the family.

  10. Debbie and Charlie Thompson

    Charlie and I have fond memories of Rev. Whitman while he was pastor at Hayes Chapel. He was a good man and his frequent visits while I was on bed rest before the twins were born will always be remembered. Our sympathy goes out to the Clara and the rest of the family.

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