Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA


Beverly Jean Whitten

May 8, 1938July 27, 2020
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Beverly Jean Brown Whitten, 82, of Forest, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Wilbur Carrington Whitten, Jr.

Born in Port Huron, Michigan, May 8, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Brown and Edna Copeland Brown. She attended the University of Michigan and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She retired from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette following 20 years of teaching in the English Department. She was a past member of the American Association of University Women where she served as the President of the Lafayette branch from 1988 – 1990. In 1993 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Study Grant in Literature. She and her husband retired to Lynchburg in 1995. She enjoyed history and leading tours as a docent at Poplar Forest where she volunteered for 15 years. She loved reading, studying literature, going to plays, traveling with friends, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles Brown, Elwood Brown, Milton Brown and Frank Brown and two sisters, Betty Schissler and Josephine Hirst.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Paul C. Whitten and his wife Marnie of Lynchburg; her daughter, Jennifer A. Whitten and her partner Michael McElheny of Cleveland, Ohio; one sister, Gladys Kovach and her husband, Steve, of Lakeland, Florida; five grandchildren, Tyler C. Whitten, Brandon P. Whitten, Hannah E. Knowles and her husband Bryce, Avery W. Whitten and Andrew J. Whitten and a number of nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating her life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Celebrant Polly Starnes officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Poplar Forest, P.O. Box 419 Forest, VA 24551-0419 or to the Salvation Army, 2215 Park Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501.


  • Wilbur Carrington Whitten, Jr., Husband of 62 years
  • Paul C. Whitten, Son
  • Marnie B. Whitten, Daughter-in-law
  • Jennifer A. Whitten, Daughter
  • Gladys B. Kovach, Sister
  • Tyler C. Whitten, Grandson
  • Brandon P. Whitten, Grandson
  • Hannah E. Knowles and husband Bryce, Granddaughter
  • Avery Whitten, Grandson
  • Andrew Whitten, Grandson

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  • Paul Whitten
  • Tyler Whitten
  • Brandon Whitten
  • Hannah Knowles
  • Avery Whitten
  • Michael McElheny
  • Andrew Whitten, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Poplar Forest
  • The Salvation Army


  • Visitation prior to the Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, July 31, 2020


Beverly Jean Whitten

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Rose Howell

August 1, 2020

Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Debie Dodson

August 1, 2020

Mike and I were so sorry to hear of your Mother passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mike & Debie Dodson

Roger Peraldo

July 31, 2020

Paul, I hope you have lots of cherished memories of your Mom and can remember them daily. There is no one that will take care of you like your Mother.
God bless you and your family during this time. Miss seeing you!

Bob Gallagher

July 31, 2020

Paul, my condolences to you and your family

Bob Gallagher

Carole Rodgers

July 30, 2020

Dear Red, Jennifer, and Paul (and family),
I am so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was a wonderful fellow teacher, traveler, and friend to me for many years. I am glad she has found peace, but know you will miss her so much. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Carole Rodgers

Ed and Jessie vogt

July 30, 2020

Dear Paul and family,
Jessie and I offer you our deepest sympathy, condolences, and our love in Christ Jesus at the "passing over" of your Mom. I have learned, and perhaps you know as well, that no one loves you the way God loves you more than your Mother. That's why He creates Moms the way He does.
Ed and Jessie

Barbara Gross

July 30, 2020

Dear Uncle Red, Paul, Jennifer, and family,
Love leaves a memory forever.
A ready smile and such a beautiful laugh - one I will always remember.
So sorry to hear of Aunt Jeannie’s passing. Please accept our most sincere condolences.
God be with you and give you comfort.
With much love,
Barbara and Sheldon Gross

Donna Buchanan

July 30, 2020

Paul and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I hope in days to come that your heart will be lighter and remember all the good times you shared with your Mom and family.

Ange Riehl

July 29, 2020

Love to Jennifer and Paul and Mr. Wilber. So sorry you’ve lost a most lovely woman!! Hugs and prayers for you all❣️

Peter D'Arienzo

July 29, 2020

Paul & family,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. Cherish her memory, honor her legacy and keep her spirit alive in your family gatherings. She will be remembered in my prayers and please stay strong my friend...


Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron, MI where mom lived as a little girl. Her father worked for the Coast Guard and was caretaker of the lighthouse.


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