Curtis Whittaker

Born: Sun., Feb. 23, 1930
Died: Mon., Mar. 2, 2015


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 04, 2015
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Mar. 05, 2015
Location: Penfield Baptist Church

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George Curtis Whittaker

George Curtis Whittaker, age 85, of the Macedonia Community of Greene County, died Monday, March 2, 2015.  A lifelong resident of Greene County, he was born on February 23, 1930 to the late William Dubois Whittaker and Vera Maxey Whittaker.  He attended school in Penfield until the ninth grade and graduated from Greensboro High School.  After high school he joined the United States Navy and served in the Korean War.  After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1958.  During this time he worked for McCommons Funeral Home. In 1969 he taught at Nathanael Greene Academy in Siloam and then taught at Gatewood in Eatonton for 23 years from 1970 to 1993.  After his father’s death he became the caretaker for the Penfield Cemetery working under Mercer University.  After retirement in 1993 he once again worked for McCommons Funeral Home, where he was working at the time of his death. He lived in Penfield for 50 years and most recently had moved back to his home place in Macedonia.  He  enjoyed reading, word search and crossword puzzles and most of all he enjoyed fishing with his buddies.  Curtis attended Penfield Baptist Church, where he was the treasurer for many years.  Curtis will be greatly missed by a multitude of friends and loved ones.
Survivors include his nephews, James Whittaker and wife Robin of Eatonton, GA and Torrey Whittaker and wife Rena’ of Eatonton, GA; great nephews and great niece, Jason Whittaker of Washington State, Brenton Whittaker and wife Jamie of Milledgeville, GA and Kristina Mashburn and husband Ryan of Godfrey, GA; great, great niece and great, great nephew, Olivia Mashburn and Zackery Mashburn; fishing buddies, Robert Huff and Ralph Huff; and many, many friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Gene Whittaker and his beloved dog, Skipper.

Funeral Services will be held, Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Penfield Baptist Church, 1061 Mercer Circle, Penfield, GA 30669 with Rev. David Jordan officiating.  Interment will follow in the Penfield Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home.  Serving as pallbearers are Jimmy Burt, John Colclough, Jimmy English, Sam Patrick, Ralph Huff and Robert Huff.  The family requests that memorials be made to Penfield Baptist Church, c/o of Robert Harwell, 101 Siloam Road, Greensboro, GA 30642 or to the charity of your choice.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Wanda McCannon
   Posted Mon March 02, 2015
I am praying for the family. Mr. Curtis always had a smile and was always so nice. I pray God will be with you all!

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Mon March 02, 2015
We will always remember Mr. Curtis for his sweet smile, and caring personality. Sympathy and prayers for his family.

Mr. & Mrs. Terry Cantrell

Kathy Johnson
   Posted Mon March 02, 2015
Dee and Torrey I am so sorry for the loss of your Uncle/Dad.....he was a very sweet man and someone you could look up to. I know that you both are going to miss him....Love you both....Kathy J

Mike Holloway
   Posted Mon March 02, 2015
Mr. Curtis and my mom (Muzette Holloway) were friends from Penfield and he will be missed as we liked to chat at homecoming at Penfield.

   Posted Mon March 02, 2015
Mr. Curtis was such a nice man. I am praying for the family during this time.
In sympathy,
Carlene Noggle

Jan Dodson
   Posted Mon March 02, 2015
Bill and I will miss you Mr Whittaker. You were my favorite teacher and had such a kind heart. You were a very special person and I know there is a special place in heaven for you.

Page Burt O'Connell
   Posted Mon March 02, 2015
I feel so blessed to have known Curtis. I remember our daily conversations when I was a new mom out in Penfield. I knew that whenever I attended a funeral that the bright spot was getting to see Curtis with the McCommons crew. My kids loved him, too, and we are so saddened by his loss. I am sure that he and his sweet dog, Skipper, are together and at peace. We Love you, Curtis.

Barbara Overton
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with y'all during this time. Mr. Whitaker was such a sweet man and was always thoughtful with the kids that he taught. My God be with you during this time.

Billy Corry
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
I didn't know Curtis that well but well enough to know that he and Billy were good people. He to will be missed but not by GOD.

Billy Corry

Ann Wilson
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
Prayers for Mr. Whittaker's family and friends. He was a very kind man and will be missed.

Dana Ralston Meeks
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
He called me 'Christmas' and I remember him fondly. One of the best Teachers I've had and was always smiling! He left a great mark on this Earth by being here! You will be missed, but you will always be remembered as one of the very best!!

Diane and Dave Conger
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
What a fine gentleman!! We always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed.

Danny Pitts
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
Always my friend, one of the best people I have ever known. See you Curtis, RIP.

Laura Stapleton Stewart
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
Curtis was such a kind and friendly man and will certainly be missed by many.

Julie Norton Holder
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
Mr. Whittaker was a wonderful teacher and has such a great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Delphina Whittaker Rojo
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
Some of my fondest memories are visiting Curtis with my dad (Jack Whittaker) when I was little. Love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Nancy & Larry Eley
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
Curtis was such a gentleman and a wonderful person. We knew and loved him as we do the whole McCommons family and the other workers at the funeral home. He will be missed by everyone and especially his nephews and nieces. We will have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. He and Skipper are having fun together again!!

Cathy Vinson
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
How I loved Mr. Whitaker! I first met him when I came to Gatewood in 1983 as a first year teacher. He extended his hand of welcome and was always so kind and friendly. He was such a kind and loving man. Always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. He will be missed! I pray that God will hold his family close as they deal with his passing. I know they will miss him, but I know that his is with his King!
Rest in Peace!

Laura Brown
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
Curtis was a great teacher and a wonderful friend. He was quite a character, too. Rest in peace, Curtis.

Donna Walker
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
I will ALWAYS appreciate the fact that you taught me typing, basic math, and accounting. I will ALWAYS remember the smile on your face and the fact that you were so funny in class.
You will be greatly missed.

Robert Huff
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
Mr. Curtis was more than just a close friend to me. He was like a father in so many ways. I met Curtis while fishing the Oconee river when I was just ten years old. He knew my parents and asked if he could start taking my brother Ralph and I fishing. We have been fishing together ever since. The past 35 years have been filled with countless adventures from frog gigging to turkey and deer hunting and his most favorite pass time, fishing. We were blessed beyond words having Mr. Curtis in our lives. I know he is in heaven because he has been singing old gospil hymns of happiness in my head since our last moments together. He will live in my heart forever.

Janet Copelan Hallman
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
To the Family of Curtis Whittaker,

Mr. Curtis always asked about my mom and dad when we would see him at the funeral home. He never met a stranger. Always enjoyed talking to our youngest son. He was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are gonna miss you Mr. Curtis.

Janet, David, Josh and Robert

Kenny Tucker
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
It has been many years since I have seen or spoken to Mr. Whittaker but many of the life lessons he instilled in me during my years at Gatewood still have a profound effect on my life today. He was a great teacher and good man. He will be missed by all that were blessed to meet him.

   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
Mr Curtis was the most giving person I know he took both Robert and I in like we were one of his own loved us took us all over the place fishing and hunting he even took us to church because he was a God fearing man someone we looked up to we will miss him I hope God hugs him for us we love you Curtis

Mark Larman
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
It has been a long time since I've seen Mr. Whittaker also but I've never forgotten him as being one of my favorite teachers at Gatewood. Especially the time he took us boys of class 79 camping at Long Shoals before there was a lake oconee. He always had interesting stories he would tell our class, we love him. May his family be blessed by the wonderful thoughts by his friends memories.

Jeni & Mike Norris
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
It is hard to believe Mr. Curtis has passed away, he was such a kind hearted, caring man. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. His absence at McCommons Furneal Home will leave a large empty space.

Maner and Marjorie Ellenberg
   Posted Wed March 04, 2015
How saddened Maner and I were to hear of Curtis's passing. His death has left a void in our county which can never be entirely filled. He was a fine, Christian, friend who was calm, easy going, always anxious to help, and knew just what to say to bring comfort and peace to people who were grieving and hurting. He was respected and admired by all who came in contact with him. We shall miss him. Our hearts are with his family and the staff and our friends at McCommons Funeral Home at this most difficult time.

David and Jeannie Price
   Posted Thu March 05, 2015

Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He was a very sweet and kind person. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Thu March 05, 2015
Thinking of you.

Jane Cobb
   Posted Fri March 06, 2015
I did not know any of the family, but wanted to send sympathy to the folks at McCommons. Curtis was such a special addition to your staff. He was always so kind to Howell and me and welcomed us warmly to each service. I will miss his smile and caring. Sincerely, Jane Cobb

Barry and Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Fri March 06, 2015
Mr. Curtis will always be remembered with a friendly smile on his face and cheerful attitude. My grandparents , parents, and my family had known
the Maxey side of the family living in Macedonia for years. Curtis was devoted to "Miss" Vera and Skipper. He made sure everyone felt welcomed and had everything they needed at McCommons. He will be missed by everyone who were blessed knowing him. His legacy of being a fine Southern gentleman, considerate, fun to talk with and share adventures. and a member of the McCommons fantastic family. May the great memories be cherished! Of, the fishing stories to be treasured !
May God be with each loved one.
Our prayers and thoughts are with family and numerous friends. We miss him.

Agnes Wilson
   Posted Mon March 09, 2015
What a shock today as I pulled up McCommons Funeral Home obits just to see if anyone I knew had passed. I couldn't believe it when I saw Curtis's. I just saw him a few days ago and it was so good to see and talk to him some. He was a kind, loving, God fearing man. He was a special friend to me. Penfield will never be the same without him. May he rest in peace. I know Heaven is a better place with his presence.

Catherine Cardoso Sweat
   Posted Tue March 10, 2015
Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Whittaker. Although it has been since I graduated from Gatewood in 1979 that I last saw him, I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man. He was beloved and respected by all his students.