OBITUARY

Andrew Gregory Whitlock

February 20, 1980November 6, 2017

Andrew Gregory Whitlock was born February 20, 1980 and died November 6, 2017, entering this world 9 weeks early and leaving it much earlier than we all wanted. From the beginning, he was fighter, wanting to live his life his way, and not the least bit afraid to buck the system. Andrew was an Army brat, starting life in Little Rock, AR; then moving to Fort Shafter, HI; Ft. Sill, OK; followed with moves to Atlanta, GA; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and back to Atlanta, which he called home for the rest of his life. He graduated high school from The Heritage School in Newnan, Ga in 1998 and tried college but decided that wasn’t exactly for him. He worked slinging tire and batteries at Sears while looking for jobs in the career field he most wanted to be a part of, anything dealing with computers. Andrew’s love for what we now call Information Technology began at the early age of 7 when he got his first computer, a Commodore 64. Starting in elementary school, he was always playing on his computers, learning how to write programs using different computer languages and how the different equipment interfaced with each. These self-taught skills eventually landing him a job in the field and a highly successful career was started. Andrew grew his skill sets to eventually land his current position in the Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research (CIPHER) Lab, Georgia Tech Research Institution where he has been credited with making recent advancements in the security field. He was very proud that this position also allowed him to follow a long family tradition of service to his country which he loved.

Andrew was a private person, not one to put himself out there to meet new people. His circle of friends was small but once you were in that circle, you were a friend for life. He was extremely loyal to his family and friends, always there to help when needed. He used his very dry sense of humor to put people at ease and was known for his sharp mind, laid back ways and love for his family and friends. He loved working on old Volkswagens, spending time outdoors, with Cumberland Island, GA being one of his favorite places, and playing with his tech toys. He had a deep love of science and enjoyed reading science fiction. He recently developed a love for bicycling and used this as much as he could. Andrew had a strong belief in what was right and wrong and watching out for the other person. We know a little bit of Andrew will remain in all those that he touched.

Andrew is survived by his parents, Anne and Bill Whitlock, father Greg Bouffard, sister and brother-in-law, Ashleigh and Chet Sosebee and their children Wesley and Corinne to whom he was known as Crazy Uncle Andrew, grandmother Joan Sandquist and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at the H.M. Patterson and Son, Spring Hill Funeral Home in Mid-town Atlanta. A Visitation Hour will begin at 10:00 am. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 21 at 10:00 am at Our Lady Star Of The Sea Catholic Church, 106 East Dillingham Street, Saint Marys, Georgia, 31558. Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Saint Marys, Georgia.

The family asks that if you care to honor Andrew’s life to please make donation’s in Andrew’s name to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. They can be made online at www.atlantabike.org.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 21, 2017
REMEMBERING

Andrew Gregory Whitlock

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Bill & Rita Bruce

November 17, 2017

We were so sorry to hear of Andrew's tragic death. You're in our thoughts & prayers.

Amber Sinclair

November 13, 2017

Dear Anne and Bill, I am so sorry and saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family and friends.

Cherish Rogers

November 13, 2017

Dawn and family... our thoughts are with all you.
Placer County Dispatch

November 10, 2017

Dear Anne and Bill,

My heart goes out to to you both and your family. I am so sorry for your loss of Andrew. My prayers are for you all.

Barb Tagert

November 10, 2017

Anne and Bill - I was shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of your son. I remember you fondly speaking of him often at work. I wish I could do something for you to ease the pain. God bless you both.

Sandra Gauthier

November 10, 2017

Anne and Bill - I was shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of your son. I remember you speaking about him often at work. God bless you both.

Sandra Gauthier

Connie Lipscomb

November 10, 2017

So so sorry to hear of your loss of such an outstanding individual! Your son, Andrew. God bless the family & friends thru these dark days. May his light shine & warm your hearts. He is riding his bike into heaven! Love Connie (corn) Lipscomb

Dennis Tolsma

November 10, 2017

Anne, I am so very sorry to learn of this. You and I discussed his plans back in the day; and I remember how very delighted he and you both were when he landed his first IT job and launched into his career. It was very nice to learn how much he advanced in that important profession--yes, it certainly was public service. I share your sadness as a longtime friend of yours.

Jake & Jo Burkhardt

November 10, 2017

Anne and Bill, We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Connie Wakefield

November 10, 2017

Annie and Bill - it is so very hard to know what to say or do at times like this - times of great loss and sorrow, so for me, its sometimes better to simply reach out to let you know that you all are heavy on our minds and deep in our prayers - we are here for you, whenever you are ready or when ever you need us. Although we did not know Andrew personally - when you spoke of him, it was very evident to us how much you all loved him and were so proud of him. I cannot imagine the pain that you are experiencing right now and will continue to pray that God will give you the strength and peace that you will surely need, and that only He can give as you make this journey. From your deep faith you know that Andrew is in good hands.......we may not understand - but he is wrapped in Gods loving arms, protected forever. Troy and I - Jeffrey - and Jordan and Erin love you very much.... May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.