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    Thursday, March 10 2022
    Patricia Gaither Whitmore

    Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 04:28 pm   |  Permalink   |  15 Comments  |  Email
    My sincere sympathy and prayers are with you all. My parents and I were so fond of your family. You all were so loved by the entire community. God bless you all. May God give you comfort, peace, and strength. Your parents were so special and loved by all who knew them.
    Posted by Betty Mae Featherstun Daniel on 03/11/2022 - 07:04 PM
    I always enjoyed visiting with Pat and her helping me learn to knit. She was most active in our church. May her family have the strength and comfort in the days ahead.
    Posted by NANCY MARSHALL ALDER on 03/11/2022 - 07:40 PM
    Ricky and Marva~ I'm sending my condolences to you and your sister. God will console you and your heart and your soul with His loving touch. It's a very difficult time when we lose our Mothers. Pat will be remembered by a lot of people for so many different things. For me, I remember your Mother assisting with my Girl Scout Troop, and being our poodle groomer in her little Doggie Shed out behind her home. So many nice memories when it comes to Pat.
    Posted by Shelia Lail on 03/11/2022 - 09:27 PM
    Love and prayers for the family. She was a sweet, wonderful lady and will be missed.
    Posted by Rhonda Gee Clements on 03/11/2022 - 10:17 PM
    Your mom will be missed. She was a sweet lady. The Lord will give you strength. Prayers for you all. You have many memories to cherish. So sorry for your loss.
    Posted by Haynie and Shirley Hite on 03/12/2022 - 09:11 AM
    So sorry to hear this. Pat was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many. Prayers for God's hands of comfort to the family.
    Posted by Dianne Brooks on 03/12/2022 - 10:03 AM
    So sad to learn of Pat's death. What a beautiful person she was. May God be with each member of her family in the months ahead without her. Lots of love from my home to yours.
    Posted by Barbara Hudson on 03/12/2022 - 10:14 AM
    Pat was a truly amazing person. Strong yet gentle, with both leadership and organizational skills, and a true servant's heart. She worked so hard and did so much for others. My fondest memories are of the huge extended family Christmas gatherings we shared at her home. I can picture her at the last minute mixing the mashed potatoes in this humongous pot - making sure that everything was served piping hot! This tradition was enjoyed by several generations for many years. Pat had a smile for everyone and was dearly loved by everyone who had the joy of knowing her. Rest In Peace dear Pat. We mourn our loss but celebrate your beautiful life.
    Posted by Pat Langiotti on 03/12/2022 - 11:14 AM
    My sincere condolences to the family. Ernie and myself lived next door to Pat and Mickey and always enjoyed sitting under their oak trees chatting with Mickey in his hammock and pat in her chair. They were awesome people and great neighbors. Love to you all.
    Posted by Rose A Nash on 03/12/2022 - 02:23 PM
    Pat was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She was always doing things for others and it came straight from the heart. Our family truly loved Pat and are happy she blessed our lives. Prayers to Martha Ann, Ricky, and family.🙏
    Posted by Mary Ann Cundiff on 03/13/2022 - 11:34 AM
    Pat was a dear, dear friend. I will always remember our talks and our walks. Her heart was so full of love for everyone and everything. She will be truly missed. I am so blessed to have called her friend. Love and prayers to Martha Anne, Ricky, and family.
    Posted by Alicia Clary on 03/14/2022 - 08:18 AM
    Dear Martha Ann and Ricky, and families; My heart is sad for your loss. Pat was a dear and gracious lady, always friendly and smiling. God bless and comfort you in your great loss.
    Posted by Jackie B. Conner on 03/14/2022 - 04:48 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers of sympathy to Martha Anne, Ricky and their families. Your Mama was a kind, sweet Christian lady always thoughtful of others. She'll be missed.
    Posted by Nancy & Everett Pennington on 03/15/2022 - 02:36 PM
    Love Pat she groomed my first poodle praying for comfort and strength to family and friends and days to follow Hugs to all
    Posted by Katherine Willard on 03/16/2022 - 08:55 PM
    Love Pat she groomed my first poodle praying for comfort and strength to family and friends and days to follow Hugs to all
    Posted by Katherine Willard on 03/16/2022 - 08:59 PM

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    Patricia Gaither (Pat) Whitmore, 86, formerly of Kenbridge, Virginia, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2022. She was born July 27, 1935 to the late Annie Mae Gaither (Flippin) and Radford Arlington Gaither. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 61 years, Richard Lee Whitmore as well as her brother and sister. She is survived by her two children, Martha Anne Gilliam (Statham) of Boone, North Carolina and Richard Lee Whitmore, Jr. (Melva) of Kenbridge, Virginia. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Elizabeth Sterling Gilliam Hedgepath (Capron) and Mary Patricia Gilliam.

    Pat briefly attended Bluefield College and left to complete her education at a business college in Richmond, Virginia. As a single lady, Pat enjoyed her position as a secretary for Reynolds Metals in Richmond, Virginia.

    After marriage, the couple first lived in the town of Kenbridge and later in Lunenburg County at “Woodland”, the antebellum home they restored. There, Pat hosted countless wedding showers, baby showers, teas, and open houses for the entire community. She held annual holiday dinners for family and extended family, usually seating well over 40 people of all ages.

    Pat volunteered at Community Memorial Hospital for a number of years and later worked there in the admissions department. She went on many hikes and campouts with the girl scouts. She helped the girls earn badges teaching many to knit. She was known for her baking and made birthday cakes for her many friends. Pat loved all animals, including wildlife. The Whitmore place always included dogs, but other residents were a horse, a deer, a raccoon, barn cats, ducks, peacocks, a three-legged pig, and an injured lamb to name a few.  In later years, she worked and volunteered at the Lake Country Area Agency on Aging where she started an office for Alzheimer’s.

    Pat will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Her Christian faith was strong and she was looking forward to her next life in Heaven.

    Pat was an active member of Kenbridge United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 17th at 11 a.m. at Clarke Funeral Home, 110 E. 5th Avenue, Kenbridge, Virginia. Immediately following, at 12 noon, the family will receive friends in the Kenbridge United Methodist Church, 201 E. 5th Avenue in the fellowship hall. Burial will follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Rice, Virginia at 2 p.m.

    Memorial donations may be made to Kenbridge United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 926, Kenbridge, Virginia, 23944 or Southside Virginia SPCA, PO Box 66, Meherrin, Virginia 23954. Clarke Funeral Home, Kenbridge is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent at

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