The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 7, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, June 7, 2013


Jo Ann Whitman

Mrs. Jo Ann Whitman, 81, of Beckley, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Braley Care Home, Hurricane, W.Va.

She was born on February 19, 1932 in Princeton, W.Va., to Glen and Willie Murphy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Jimmy Murphy, and her husband, Spike Whitman.

Jo Ann is survived by her daughters, Beth and Pam Whitman and one grandson, Joshua Whitman. She is also survived by one sister, Sarah and husband Carl Shaffer; three brothers,  Howard Murphy, Mike and wife Aretta Murphy, and Mason and wife Malita.

Jo Ann was retired from Raleigh County Schools. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Beckley.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Beckley.

Jo Ann selflessly donated her body to the WVU Human Gift Registry to support medical education and research.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Gatens-Harding Funeral, 147 Main Street, Poca, is serving the Whitman family.

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