Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI


Hurbert Lee Whittaker

August 23, 1964February 21, 2020

Hurbert Lee Whittaker, 55 of Charlevoix, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 21, 2020 in Arizona. Hurbert was born August 23, 1964 in Cambridge, Maryland to Herbert Whittaker and Mary Thompson (Whittaker) Collins.

Growing up, Hurbert learned early on the importance of hard work, working alongside his parents who were migrant workers, traveling the country mostly between Florida and Michigan. He attended Mt. Dora High School in Mt. Dora, Florida. For many years he was also a CENA in Northport and Traverse City. On October 8, 1990 he married the former Kim Leighton of Northport.

Hurbert was a man of deep faith and was a member of Family of Faith church in Charlevoix and formerly Leelanau Community church. He and his wife, Kim, traveled to fairs and craft shows throughout Northern Michigan and Quartzsite, Arizona with their rock and mineral business; “No Stone Unturned”. He had a love for rocks and minerals, especially the Petoskey Stone, but his true passion was for people. He never met a stranger, he was an encourager, motivator and had a smile that would light up a room.

He is survived by his wife, Kim; children Elijah Terrel, Lynelle, Hubert, Marcus, Galen, AJ, Felicia Whittaker, and Elijah Shomin. Also surviving is his mother Mary Collins, siblings Rose, Herbert, Daron Whittaker, and Yolanda, Crystal and Marshall Collins and extended family member Charmaine Geeter. To his many grandchildren he was fondly known as “Papa Rock”! He was preceded in death by fathers, Herbert Whittaker and Marshall Collins, sister Felicia Whittaker, and daughter Jessica Brinkley.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at noon at the Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 11 am. A spring burial will be held at the Leelanau Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.covelltraversecity.com for the Whittaker family.



  • Visitation Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 13, 2020


  • Interment


Hurbert Lee Whittaker

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Anonymous Friend

March 17, 2020

I want to express my overwhelming sadness to the entire Whittaker family for the loss of Hurbert. He has been a very good friend to me and my entire family. He will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him with his huge smile and huge heart for the generous love he had for people. We have lost a great friend and a great man that is now our Hero. We are praying for his entire family!! He loved you all soo much!! May God's love shine down on all of us who loved Hurbert and miss him dearly!!!

Jackie Zeits

March 13, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kim and the boys and all of the Whittaker family members. What a shock to hear of Hurberts death. Very few people leave this world with everyone that knew them only having words of love and praise for who they were. From everyone who met him anywhere you knew that he was someone very special, he made time for everyone and loved to talk to you even if he hadn't seen you in ages. We should all hope to be as good a person to others as Hurbert was. He will be sadly missed by many.

Lauren and Cynthia Vaughn

March 6, 2020

We have known Hurbert and Kim for several years and always enjoyed talking with them and sharing our love of rockhounding. Hurbert was always so enthusiastic, kind and generous with his words. We will truly miss seeing him at the rock shows and other events. We pray that God, family and friends, all comfort Kim and the rest of the family in these trying times.

Jeanene Haywood(formerly Phillips)

March 5, 2020

I met Hubert at the Cherry Festival in summer of 2010. I remembered seeing him around town in craft shows and art fairs around town for 3 or 4 years prior. I make jewelry, and geez he sure loved rocks and stones. I just loved talking and listening to how knowledgeable he was on the subject. I swear, Hubert and Kim always were so kind and generous to me, every single time I saw them. They even took my finished jewelry, I handmade with them one year to the Western States. I will never forget, how flattered I was, and it showed how much trust I had in them both.

I know with not a single doubt, Hubert is with Gods angels, because he had the kindest of hearts. Kim and Hubert always "paid it forward", with me and I love and respect them for it. He and I were the same age, I didn't know that. I guess it was his wisdom. I do know now. God bless, all of you, Hubert and Kim, their beautiful kids and grandkids. God bless, all the people who's lives he touched, and either loved, liked, smiled and respected him, like me.

My picture is a chunk of pyrite from Hubert and Kim, I wire wrapped in bronze, hematite and crystal beads. I made him some personal pieces, because he wanted to see what I could do. I will truely miss him.

Geri Bester

March 5, 2020

O my we are devastated. My sister and I worked with him. Words can not describe what a god given nice man he was. We will greatly miss him so, so, so much.

Doug and Judy Virgil

March 5, 2020

Kim and family, Having met Hubert and yourself at a show we connected instantly. We were shocked at the news. Our thoughts and prayers for the peace of God and His comfort to be with you.
If we may be of assistance you have our phone numbers, please feel free to contact us. Please stay in touch....

Melissa Schichtel

March 4, 2020

I will forever cherish my Petoskey stones from Hubert & Kim at the Northwestern Michigan Fair show. Your family is in our hearts and prayers. Rest In Peace

Cherie Gabriel

March 4, 2020

Kim, I am so sorry.
I will never forget Hubert's big smile and wave. I think Hubert really liked George and I know George was very fond of him.
I will be praying for you and the family.

Shasta Stones

March 4, 2020

I met Hubert and Kim years ago, while at the Quartzsite show.
He opened his area and family to myself and my brother, Red.
The world is a sadder place without good men like Hubert in it.
Rest easy my brother, you will be missed.

Michelle Beckstrom

March 3, 2020

In fond memory my sister Sarah & I remembering meeting Hubert at a former classmate's garage sale in scenic Northport. We were struck by Hubert's smile and warm personality. His memories will live through all of you who knew him best. God bless him and his family.