Benjamin L. Whitaker, Sr., 81, of Mills River passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Universal Health Care after a year long illness. He was born to the late David and Mary Sitton Whitaker, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Whitaker; and a great-granddaughter, Paisley Grace Robinson.
A lifelong resident of Henderson County, Benjamin retired from the Landscaping Department of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He enjoyed deer hunting, his dogs, feeding birds, and watching The Andy Griffith Show. He was a member of Mills River Baptist Church.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Martha Lamb Whitaker; children, Lee Whitaker (Malinda), Beth Whitaker, David Whitaker (Tricia); grandchildren, Krista Backs, Brandy Whitaker, Charlotte Hagins, Laura Ritter, Justin Whitaker, Tori Robinson and Carissa Roush; four great-grandchildren; and siblings, Dorothy Redmond and Harry Whitaker.
Benjamin will be laid to rest at Whitaker-Moore Cemetery in Mills River at a private graveside service. Memorials may be made to the Mills River Fire Department, 121 School House Road, Mills River, NC 28759.