Harold Thomas Whitaker, age 70, died Monday, December 29, 2014 at Pinelake Health and Rehab.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December, 31, 2014 at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

A native of Scotland County, he was the son of the late William Escar Whitaker and Susana Porter Whitaker.  Mr. Whitaker served his country in the United States Marine Corps and retired from the United States Postal Service after 34 years of service.  After retirement he worked for ten years with the Food Bank of NC in Southern Pines.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert C. Whitaker.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mildred "Beth" Whitaker; one daughter, Shawn Cagle and husband, Keith of Westmoore; one  son, Jarrett Whitaker & wife, Jessica of Sanford; a sister, Linda Reynolds & husband, Richard of Carthage; and five grandchildren, Emily & Ashlyn Cagle and Austin, Caitlyn and Abigail Whitaker.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Food Pantry of Carthage, PO Box 70, Carthage, NC  28327.

Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Whitaker family.

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  1. The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at Sandhills would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Tom Whitaker.

    Tom was a loyal and dedicated member of our staff for 10 years and we appreciated all of his hard

  2. Tommy was a good man and a fun uncle to have when we were growing up. This is very sad news for me and Brad. He’s been lost from us too young. We are so sorry that we cannot be there for the visitation.

  3. To Beth, Shawn, Jarrett, their spouses-Austin and his other grandkids-as well as his sister-and Rex and Mildred. Though things have not been what they once were, Tommy was an uncle, a second dad, and other than my parents, the most important and loved ‘se

  4. I worked with Tom at the Southern Pines Post Office. He was a very honorable man, a hard worker; and a pleasure to be around, certainly he will be missed.

  5. Beth, Shawn and Jarrett,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you will miss Tommy. Know I am praying for you and your entire families. Love and hugs to all of you.


  6. Dear Beth and entire family, I was very sad to hear of Tom’s passing, but rejoicing in the fact that he has been released from Alzheimer’s disease. Which is so appropriately called, ‘The Long Good-bye’. Tom was my mentor at S.P. Post Office. He taught me

  7. Beth,

    Sorry to read of Tom’s passing on the Pilot website this afternoon, but happy for you both to be relieved of the stress caused by this horrible disease.

    I met Tom 20 years ago this week when I started work at the Southern P

  8. May God, the father of tender mercies, comfort and sustain your family to get through not only this day, but many others to come (2 Cor. 1:3,4) Find additional comfort in the knowledge that God is ‘close to the brokenhearted.’ (Psalms 34:18) Our sincere

  9. Beth,

    We were so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing.

    We will be remembering you and praying for you.

    Mama, Mozelle, thinks a lot of you, and appreciates your friendship.

    In CHRIST,

  10. Beth, I want to express my condolences to you and your wonderful family. Tom was one of those people you meet in life and can never forget. My first day with the Post Office, Tom took me out with him and trained me to be a ‘by the book’ mailman, which he

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