Born: November 10, 1917
Died: May 08, 2013
James Paul Whitaker of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at Grace Health Care.
He was born November 10, 1917 in Gordon, AL to the late Julius Augustus & Dicey Wilkerson Whitaker; and he came here from Sumter County, FL in 1929. Soon after graduating from Lake Wales High School he joined the Army when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and was attached to a chemical warfare group. After World War II he returned to Lake Wales and got a job with the Florida Power Corporation, retiring after 50 years of service – the longest anyone has ever worked for that company. He was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as an elder and Sunday School teacher for 45 years. He was instrumental in the development of Lake Aurora Christian Assembly, serving as its Treasurer for 25 years. He was a member of the V.F.W. and operated the lights for the Black Hills Passion Play for many years. Mr. Whitaker enjoyed swimming, dancing and outdoor activities; and in his younger years, he was active in the Lake Wales Little League.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve P. Whitaker in 1997; four sisters, Grace Albritton, Carmen Guida, Carlene Hart and Ruthie Mae Tolar; and one brother, Russell Aubrey Whitaker. Survivors include his son, J. Aubrey Whitaker (Judi) of Lake Wales; two grandchildren, Allison Whitaker Guerra and Steven Whitaker (Megan); and three grandchildren, Ashleigh Guerra, Sydnie and Sophia Whitaker.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until the funeral service at 3:00 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales.
Memorial donations may be sent in his honor to Lake Aurora Christian Camp or Florida Christian College in Kissimmee.
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