Gene L Whitaker Sr.

July 2, 1949September 4, 2013

MSG (Ret.) Gene Lamar Whitaker Sr.

HINESVILLE, GA. - MSG (Ret.) Gene Lamar Whitaker, Sr., 64, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Savannah Hospice Care, Savannah GA. Born July 2, 1949 in Columbia, he was a son of 1SG (Ret) Louie W. & Thelma Lindler Whitaker of Chapin. He was veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the US Army in 1988. Gene proudly served his country in Germany, Okinawa, Korea and several stateside assignments. After retirement, Gene continued to serve by training soldiers worldwide on new equipment entering the Army's inventory for over 20 years. He was a Master Instructor and Fielding Chief for a number of Department of Defense contractors.

In addition to his parents, Gene is survived by his wife, Hwa Sun, of Hinesville, GA; daughter and son-in-law Susan and DJ Sa, of Cumming, GA; sons and daughters-in-law James L. and Stormy Whitaker of Savannah, GA, Gene L. Jr. and Catherine Whitaker of Marietta, GA; one grandchild, Cindy, and a step-grandchild, Zander, both of Savannah, brother, MSG (Ret.) Donald (Pam) Whitaker of Pomaria; sister, Karen (Les) Sutphin of Columbia; sister-in-law Jackie Whitaker of Columbia, and many loving nieces and nephews. Gene was predeceased by his brother CPO (Ret.) Alvin L. Whitaker.

Services for MSG Whitaker will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home Lexington Chapel, Lexington, SC, conducted by Pastor Dale Gooding. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Jacobs Lutheran Church cemetery, Chapin. Active pallbearers will be United States Army Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the charity of one’s choice


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2013

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Keith Fisher

October 3, 2013

Wish I could have been there for the service. Gene was just an awesome person and will be dearly missed. My prayers are with the Whitaker Family. God has Gene in a better place and we will see him again someday.

September 9, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Donald Whitaker

September 7, 2013

Eulogizing my brother is like Praising My God. Our language does not have the words to adequately express my feelings. But he, as does my God, knows and understands my feelings. The same for his family, one only needs to experience their love to realize there is no adequate way to describe it. In fact, he and his family define Love. As they face this difficult time, they will also define strength and courage. Gene is proud of each of you.

Sam & Linda Schember

September 7, 2013

Karen, Les and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for the loss of your dear brother.

Caroline Nicholson

September 6, 2013

My dearest friend Susan, all my thoughts, prayers and love to you and your family during this most difficult time. I thank your brave father for his love and service to our country.

Karen Sutphin

September 6, 2013

I will miss your smiling eyes, your sense of humor, your kindness, generousity and most of all your love, but I will carry them all in my heart now and always until we meet again. I love you, big brother, and always will!

September 6, 2013

Goodbye my friend, Rest In Peace.......Mike and Glenda Lovell, Spring Lake, NC

September 6, 2013

Will miss you, and all the great fishing;
From the Williams Family, Bowhead, Formally, Honeywell, Ft. Stewart

Ryan King

September 6, 2013

Man!! The world lost a GREAT person! I will never forget the memories of spending time with Junior and the rest of his wonderful family! I have nothing but positive memories and happy times to remember about such a strong and assertive Man. My deepest sympathy to the whole family!

Wayne and Sylvie King

September 6, 2013

I will miss Gene and will always remember standing beside him on the soccer field watching our boys.