Joel Claude Whitmore, Jr. ‘Boots’, 89, of Wakefield passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 1, 2017. He was a son of the late Joel Claude Whitmore, Sr. and Nina Branch Whitmore. Mr. Whitmore was the oldest member of Rocky Hock United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer form 42 years. He served on the board of ASCS Surry County Committee Board for many years and was a recipient of the American Farmer Degree Award. He was a member of the Wakefield Ruritan Club.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 70 years, Gaynelle Lowe Whitmore; sons, Donald C. Whitmore, Sr. and his wife, Jean and A. Keith Whitmore and his wife, Donna; grandson, Donald C. Whitmore, Jr.; granddaughter, Terri Whitmore Pittman and her husband, Jeremy; great-grandsons, Thomas W. Jones, Jr. and Trenton W. Jones as well as many other family members and friends.

The family will receive friends Friday, February 3, 2017 at Rocky Hock UMC 2745 White Marsh Rd. Wakefield, VA 23888 from 6 to 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the church with Rev. Cliff Fritzinger officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Rocky Hock UMC Cemetery perpetual care fund, c/o Richard Andrews, 4899 White Marsh Rd., Wakefield, VA 23888, or the Surry Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 188 Surry, VA 23883. Condolences may be posted at