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James "Coy" McCoy Whitaker

July 29, 1942 ~ May 23, 2018 (age 75)

James M. Whitaker “Coy”, age 75, of Sanford, NC, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital’s Reid Heart Center.

He was born in Moore County, NC on July 29, 1942 to the late Elmer Whitaker and Kate Black Whitaker.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings Annie Ruth Coe, Charles Whitaker, Thomas Whitaker and Larry Whitaker.  Coy was an active member of Calvary Missionary Methodist Church.  He served in numerous roles of the church and volunteered at the Holly Springs Baptist Church Community Food Pantry.  He worked 20 years as a Foreman for Davey Tree Company and 20 years for Line Construction.  Some of his favorite pastimes were watching NASCAR, reading his Bible and spending time with his family.

He is survived by sons James Whitaker and wife April of Wendell, Jimmy P. Whitaker and wife Lorraine of Sanford, Darrell W. Powers of Sanford, NC; daughter Kathy Hickman and husband Charles of Olivia; brother Pete Whitaker and wife Sue of Sanford, NC; sisters Betty Pollock of Angier, NC, Lib Hall of Kinston, NC; eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and other times at the home of Jimmy and Lorraine.  The funeral service will be Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 PM at Calvary Missionary Methodist Church with Rev. Curtis Norris officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made, in Coy’s memory, to Calvary Missionary Methodist Church, 185 Calvary Church Road, Sanford, NC 27332.


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