2014-08-20 / Obituaries

Ervin Whitaker dies at 91

Ervin Whitaker, Jr., 91, of Jenkins, died August 10 at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard.

Born in Jenkins to the late Ervin and Cara Whitaker, he was the father of the late Vernard Whitaker and Darlene Elswick and a brother of the late Richard “Buddy” Whitaker and Sherman Whitaker.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and was later the sole proprietor of the Whitaker Music Store in East Jenkins.

He was a member of Eolia Baptist Church and Jenkins Masonic Lodge #856.

Surviving are a daughter, Robin Billiter and husband Roy of Shelbiana; a sister, Louise Whitaker of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son-in-law, Roger Elswick; a daughterin law, Laura Whitaker; six grandchildren, Deanna Hipps and husband Jarrad, Savanna Whitaker, Jennifer Williams and husband Mark, Sara Ann Elswick, Ricorda Bornett and husband Brandon, and Jonathan Billiter and wife Nikkie; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held August 13 in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Potter Cemetery at Jenkins.

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