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Coffey Funeral Home

937 Broad Street, New Tazewell, TN

OBITUARY

Dennis Whitaker

May 24, 1957June 30, 2019
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Dennis Whitaker, age 62, of Tazewell TN, was born May 24, 1957 and passed away on June 30, 2019. Dennis was know for his work with the Board of Education at the school bus garage, he retired from there after 36 years of service. He was known as a mechanic who could work on anything from a go-cart to the school buses at his job. Dennis was also well known at the Tazewell Speedway, he was the owner of the number 26 Dodge Ram truck, and attended the races for as long as he could. Besides being a mechanic for work and as a hobby, Dennis also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is preceded in death by his parents Bertha Fultz Whitaker and Harley Whitaker, brother David Whitaker, and sister-in-law Ruby Whitaker. Dennis is survived by his son Jason (Jennifer) Whitaker. Grandson Will Whitaker. Sister Louetta Lyttle. Brothers Harley "Junior" (Alberta) Whitaker, Denvil (Karen) Whitaker, and John (Lisa) Whitaker. Partner of 19 years Babetta Brothers. Close friends and fellow racers John Whitaker, Larry "Goat" Burke, Clyde Overholt, Michael Daniels, J.J. Green, and Johnathan Miracle. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday July 2nd from 5 until 8 PM at Coffey Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 8 PM in the Coffey Funeral Home chapel. The graveside service will be Wednesday July 3rd at 12 PM in the Bethel Cemetery. Officiating: Mitchell Ferguson; Pallbearers: JJ Green, Clyde Overholt, Jonathan Miracle, Michael Daniels, Danny Misingo and Robbie Whitaker.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • JASON AND WIFE JENNIFER WHITAKER, Son
  • WILL WHITAKER, Grandson
  • LOUETTA LYTTLE, Sister
  • HARLEY "JUNIOR" AND WIFE ALBERTA WHITAKER, Brother
  • DENVIL AND WIFE KAREN WHITAKER, Brother
  • JOHN AND WIFE LISA WHITAKER, Brother
  • BABETTA BROTHERS, PARTNER
  • JOHN WHITAKER, FELLOW RACER
  • LARRY "GOAT" BURKE, FELLOW RACER
  • CLYDE OVERHOLT, FELLOW RACER
  • MICHAEL DANIELS, FELLOW RACER
  • J.J. GREEN, FELLOW RACER
  • JOHNATHAN MIRACLE, FELLOW RACER
  • HARLEY WHITAKER, Father
  • BERTHA WHITAKER, Mother
  • DAVID WHITAKER, Brother
  • RUBY WHITAKER, Sister-in-law
  • DENNIS ALSO LEAVES A HOST OF NIECES, NEPHEWS, OTHER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • JJ Green, Active
  • Clyde Overholt, Active
  • Jonathan Miracle
  • Michael Daniels
  • Danny Masingo, Active
  • Robbie Whitaker

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Steve & Lynn Jones

July 7, 2019

May God just wrap his loving arms around you all and comfort you all as only He can. Our prayers are with you all.
Steve and Lynn Jones

Dennis and Jean Cline

July 3, 2019

We are so saddened by the passing of Dennis. He was always willing to help at the bus garage, and had a smile on his face every time we saw him. May his family find peace and comfort in these difficult times.

Robert Caylor

July 3, 2019

We are very sorry to learn of your loss... Dennis was a great friend during our early years and best man at our wedding 43 years ago. While time and miles kept us apart these last years, we will never forget growing up together. Learned of your loss late yesterday and while we were unable to be with your family in person, you will remain in our prayers....again so sorry for your loss.
Robert and Deborah Caylor,, Seymour TN

Mary Ellen Pendleton Hensley

July 2, 2019

Sorry about the loss of your loved one. May God give you peace and comfort.

Margaret Seals Bull

July 1, 2019

To all of Dennis' family and friends: May the peace and love of God be with each of you during this time of grief, with deepest sympathy, Clifford & Margaret Seals Bull

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Biography

Dennis Whitaker, age 62, of Tazewell TN, was born May 24, 1957 and passed away on June 30, 2019. Dennis was know for his work with the Board of Education at the school bus garage, he retired from there after 36 years of service. He was known as a mechanic who could work on anything from a go-cart to the school buses at his job. Dennis was also well known at the Tazewell Speedway, he was the owner of the number 26 Dodge Ram truck, and attended the races for as long as he could. Besides being a mechanic for work and as a hobby, Dennis also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is preceded in death by his parents Bertha Fultz Whitaker and Harley Whitaker, brother David Whitaker, and sister-in-law Ruby Whitaker. Dennis is survived by his son Jason (Jennifer) Whitaker. Grandson Will Whitaker. Sister Louetta Lyttle. Brothers Harley "Junior" (Alberta) Whitaker, Denvil (Karen) Whitaker, and John (Lisa) Whitaker. Partner of 19 years Babetta Brothers. Close friends and fellow racers John Whitaker, Larry "Goat" Burke, Clyde Overholt, Michael Daniels, J.J. Green, and Johnathan Miracle. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.
The family will receive friends Tuesday July 2nd from 5 until 8 PM at Coffey Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 8 PM in the Coffey Funeral Home chapel. The graveside service will be Wednesday July 3rd at 12 PM in the Bethel Cemetery.
Officiating: Mitchell Ferguson
Pallbearers: JJ Green, Clyde Overholt, Jonathan Miracle, Michael Daniels, Danny Misingo and Robbie Whitaker