Garrett Funeral Home

460 North Main St., Waynesville, NC


James Newton Whitman

December 3, 1932January 12, 2020

Waynesville– James Newton Whitman, 87, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Haywood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Reidsville, NC on December 3, 1932, to the late Dewitt F. and Maggie Dominick Whitman.

James served his country honorably in the US Army. He was stationed in Germany during the Cold War. James enjoyed playing tennis and watching sports in general, particularly Carolina Basketball, but most of all he really enjoyed being with his family. James was a faithful Sunday school teacher, and Elder of First Presbyterian Church. He also enjoyed watching birds and the outdoor nature as he sat with his wife, Marjorie, to eat breakfast every morning. James completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Master’s in Mathematics from Western Carolina University. James retired from Champion International after 40 years of faithful service.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers Warren, Charles, and Fred Whitman; sister, Marion Edwards; and his first wife Ruth Corwin Whitman.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marjorie Fisher; sons James Richard Whitman “Rick”, and wife Marion, Charles Brian Whitman and wife Nancy; daughter Tawnya Whitman Gray and husband Joseph Michael; stepchildren Dr. Tamera Patsey, and husband Kevin, and Dan Fisher; brother, John Whitman and wife Pat; and grandchildren Patrick, Christie, Celeste, Carleigh, Victoria, Ian, and Eve.

Funeral services will be held at Garrett Funeral Home on Thursday, January 16, at 2 pm with Pastor Holly Davis and Pastor Patrick Womack officiating services. Burial will follow at Garrett Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior from 1-2 pm at Garrett Funeral Home, and at other times at the residence.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Hannah, Jennifer, Amber, David, and the staff at Haywood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and special family friend Sarah Fisher, and Darlene Davis.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association PO Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215.



  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 16, 2020


  • Burial


James Newton Whitman

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