Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home

705 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC


Robert David Whitener

May 13, 1938March 17, 2020

Robert David Whitener, 81, of Statesville, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Gordon Hospice House surrounded by his family.

Born in Iredell County on May 13, 1938, he was the son of the late Earl and Mamie Mills Whitener.

Robert worked as a supervisor in textiles and as a driver with Public Oil Company. He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Carl Whitener and brothers-in-law, Hartsell Warren, Landon Warren, Ted Sharpe and sister-in-law, Linda Sharpe.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Brenda Kay Warren Whitener; son, Virgil (Kim) Whitener; grandchildren, Stephanie (Michael) Thomas, Nicole Jacob and Austin Whitener and two great-grandchildren, Alivia Thomas and Brantley Whitener. He is further survived by his sister, Thelma (Dwayne) Lewis; sisters-in-law, Lucy Miller and Phyllis Warren and brother-in-law, Connelly (Pat) Warren.

Mr. Whitener will lie in state at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday, March 19th from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday, March 20th from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 20th at 3:00 PM at Iredell Memorial Gardens with Rev. Brian Burgess officiating.

A public visitation and service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made in Robert’s memory to Gordon Hospice House 2341 Simonton Road Statesville, NC 28625.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Whitener family.


  • Gordon Hospice House


  • Graveside Service Friday, March 20, 2020


Robert David Whitener

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Bonnie Weatherman

March 20, 2020

Sorry to hear of the passing of Robert. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy Jordan

March 20, 2020

We sending our most deepest sympathies to the Whitner Family. May God bless you and give you strength always. My parents and I had the pleasure vof working with Robert in the textile industry.

Larry Dillard

March 19, 2020

I always thought of Robert as such a good person.I know he will be missed.

Rob and Kathi Kestler

March 18, 2020

To Brenda, Virgil, Kim and all the family. We are praying for God’s compassion, comfort and strength for each of you. May God fill the void and emptiness in your hearts with His peace and love.

Karen Whitener

March 18, 2020

My Uncle was a very soft spoken and kind man. I will never forget all the good times I had at his home. He will be missed and forever in my heart. I Love You Uncle Robert!