The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 17, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013


Ronald Lee Whitmore

MINDEN — Ronald Lee Whitmore, 66, of Minden, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at his residence surrounded by family after a long battle with lung cancer.

Born April 19, 1947, in Pennsylvania, the son of the late James Whitmore and June Somerville Whitmore.

Ronald proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during Viet Nam. Also, he was a member of the Army National Guard.

Quoting one of his favorite sayings, “Today I stand before you because I can’t stand behind you to talk to you about something I know nothing about.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and June Whitmore; two brothers Tom Whitmore and John Whitmore; and one granddaughter Payton M. Hutchinson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Flora Jane Neff Whitmore of Minden; former wife and mother of his children Patty Pruitt; stepmother Phyllis Whitmore; his children Ronald “Ronnie” Whitmore Jr. of Georgia, Jacqueline Rock-Urnowey of Florida, Terra J. Walker of Oak Hill, Mary M. Goins of Oak Hill, Patrick “PJ” Jewell Jr. of North Carolina, Misty D. Jewell of Florida, and Brandi L. Jewell of Florida; grandchildren Ronald “Lee” Whitmore III, Dean M. Whitmore, Ariel-Elizabeth S. Whitmore, Lauren Dye, McKenzie Rock, Kyle A. Smith, Brett T. Smith, Emmi R. Jewell, Lexy M. Cunningham, Kayden E. Souza, and Tyler Lee Keith; sisters-in-law Karen Whitmore and Barb Whitmore; siblings James “Jim” and wife Ellen Whitmore, Arlene Kubiak, Ruby Johnson, and Becky Burgess; many nephews, nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Ronald’s memory be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, or to Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675 (include “In Memory of Ronald Lee Whitmore” on your check or money order).

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, where the funeral will be held 1 p.m. Sunday with Bart Urnowey and Pastor Justin Seay officiating, and where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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