Virginia M. Whitmer

January 8, 1932September 29, 2020

Virginia, born January 8, 1932 in Sandersville, MS went to be with her Heavenly Father on September 29, 2020 at 12:15 A.M. Visitation will be held at Lakewood Funeral Home on Friday, October 2 from 11:00 to 12:00 with funeral services to follow. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park.

She was an avid bowler, loved to spend time with her family, loved to cook, loved her flowers and loved to travel. She spent the majority of her adult life in the Jackson area and later moved to Brandon. She loved her church family and missed not being able to attend Raymond Road Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Sheila Williams, Gary (Rita) Mapp, Mike (Tonie) Chapman, Mark Whitmer, Mary Whitmer, Jeannie (Ted) Schultz; sister, Sarah (Rudy) Ainsworth. She also had 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grands, 19 great-great grands, 1 great-great-great grand and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Whitmer; her parents, George and Sadie Manning; brothers, George Jr., Elmo, Olan, James Glen; sisters, Maggie Lee and Virgie; son, Terry Chapman; grandson, Greg Howell; great-granddaughter, Alexandria and great-great grandson, Brayden.

She was a wonderful mother, wife, sister and a great friend. Although she is no longer in pain and has joined all that have passed before her, she will be missed by everyone who knew her.

We love you Mom

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at


  • Zach Hupperich
  • Jacob Fairchild
  • Shelby Johnston
  • Trent Berry
  • Russell Welch
  • Catlin Carlisle
  • Joe Chapman


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 2, 2020


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Jeanne Schultz

September 30, 2020

Technically speaking, Virginia was my step-mom--but she was so much more: a trusted friend and advisor. We met when I was a junior in high school and I quickly warmed up to her and her family. When she and Dad were long-distance trucking, I looked forward to her letters. She wrote to my brother Mark, which helped to end a long period of estrangement between Dad and him. Virginia's creativity is legendary and I have many recipes and items she made which are now comforting reminders of her. Among the many things I learned from her are the values of wisdom, humor, and acceptance.
I want to thank Sheila, Gary, Mike and Terry (God rest his soul) for sharing part of your mom's life with us. She was exactly what my father and my family needed. We loved her very much and will always miss her.


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