Born: Thursday Apr 11, 1935

Died: Saturday Jul 29, 2017


Joseph Ronald Whitten, Sr.

April 11, 1935 - July 29, 2017

Joseph Ronald Whitten, Sr. 82, of 912 West Ave, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Brian Center of Eden. 

A funeral service will be held at 3:00pm on August 1, 2017 at Emmanuel Baptist Church.  Interment will follow the service in Dan View Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the National Guard.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service (2-3pm) and other times at the residence.

Mr. Whitten was born in Rockingham County on April 11, 1935 to the late George and Ada Martin Whitten.  He retired in 1997 from Karastan Rug Mill as a Weaver.  Joseph was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.  He was instrumental in the Awana Club of Emmanuel Baptist Church.  Joseph was proud that he served for 10 years in The National Guard.  He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Joseph is survived by his beloved wife, Virginia Howlett Whitten of the home; daughter, Rudine Gillie and husband, Miles of Wake Forest; son, Joseph Whitten, Jr. and wife, Amy of Fort Mill, SC; grandchildren, Joel Gillie, Joshua Gillie, Sarah Gillie, Daniel Gillie, Courtney Whitten and Chris Whitten; and his brother, John Whitten and wife, Linda of Eden and sister-in-law, Nancy Whitten of Eden.

Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, George Whitten, Jr. and his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Irvin Warren.

At the families request, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Whitten’s memory to Camp Fund of Emmanuel Baptist Church; 1151 Virginia Street, Eden, NC  27288.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com



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Mrs Virginia so sorry for your loss thinking about you all Nancy
Nancy Thomas

Virginia and family. I wanted to let you know know how sorry I am to hear of Joe's passing. Before failing health, he he was faithful to Emmanuel Baptist as well with AWANA'S. I feel he has seen Jesus and is fully healed, being reunited with loved ones waiting on him. I know if Mama, Odessa Thompson, was told she would want you to know she'd be praying for you all, but due to her health, we have found it better not to tell her when we lose loved ones. I know she always thought so much of you all.
Debbie Thompson Horton

Joe's Family, Our sincere sympathy to each of you. We worked with Joe at Karastan. He was a fine person. We are so sorry for your loss. Pat & Don Matheson
Pat Matheson

Praying for comfort for the Gillies and other family in your loss of Mr. Whitten
Dianne hatfield

I am sorry to hear of Joe passing I remember him from living on West Ave and a friend of my Father. He was always such a nice man you and your family are in my prayers David Wilmoth
David Wilmoth

I am so very sorry to hear about Joe. I didn't find out until this morning that he had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.
Joey Martin

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