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James Whitaker

Dr. James Q. Whitaker

Wednesday, September 16th, 1942 - Sunday, October 13th, 2019
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Obituary

Warner Robins, GA – Dr. James Quincy Whitaker, 77, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019 in Macon, GA. The services celebrating his life will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory. The visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior and immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane society of Houston County, 810 Carl Vinson Pkwy, Centerville, GA 31028 or to any other no kill facility.
Dr. Whitaker was born on September 16, 1942 in Santa Ana, CA to the late Herschel and Helene (Jacobs) Whitaker. He was a graduate of Whittier College in California where he graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1965. In 1969, he graduated from Marquette University School of Medicine with his Doctorate in Medicine. Dr. Whitaker held various positions over the years, most notably, Chief Medical Resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Staff Pathologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Medical Examiner for Houston County, GA for 44 years, as well as the owner/Director of Pathology Institute of Middle Georgia in Warner Robins, GA. He also received many awards and accolades for his work in Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathology. Dr. Whitaker was a member of the Warner Robins Rotary Club. He was very active in trying to advance the national security of our country, the Czech Republic and Beyond. He was a loyal, big-hearted, kind and dear friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him for his generosity, patriotism, love of his friends, quirky and strong personality, right-hand political instincts and powerful beliefs.
Left to cherish his memory are his work family, close friends and his beloved fur babies.
Please visit www.burpeescottmemorialchapel.com to sign the online guestbook, view the video tribute and to leave a memorial tribute for the family. With honor, Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel and Crematory
    Address
    2932 Hwy. 41 N
    Fort Valley, GA 31030
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel and Crematory
    Address
    2932 Hwy. 41 N
    Fort Valley, GA 31030
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Mr. Stan Smith

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Danny Galpin

Posted at 09:14am
I have known Dr. Whitaker since about 1975. He never ceased to amaze me with his knowledge of anything you wanted to talk about. He could be difficult at times. But in all the years I have known him he never said an unkind word to me. As Coroner I tried to be present for every autopsy. Of about 3000 I watched he rarely did not find something to comment on. He would make every one a learning session. Law Enforcement loved him. He would explain everything in a way they could understand. In court he could not be rattled. Attornies never got the best of him. I think he enjoyed watching them get frustrated. To say the least, he was one of a kind. It was my pleasure to have known him and i will miss him greatly.

Karen Maurizi

Posted at 05:29pm
Jim had a generous soul and was a good friend. The world is a little emptier without him in it. Karen Maurizi
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rosemary fluellen goolsby

Posted at 02:09pm
To the family, sorry for your loss, I worked for Dr. Whitaker back in the late 80's and we bumped heads a lot and the reason he told me why it happen is because we had the same Birthday, October 16th and we were too much alike. I enjoyed the time I worked for him and I know he enjoyed having me as an employee. I will miss him dearly, he was one of a kind. Keep the Faith and be strong.
Rosemary Simmons
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Donna Glass

Posted at 12:25pm
I have many fond memories of Dr. Whitaker at the annual MAG House of Delegates. Although I have not seen him in years, I still think of him when I'm at the annual meeting and a resolution is introduced that just doesn't sit well with him as written. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends and know that he will be remembered always. Donna Glass

Teresa Epps

Posted at 08:14pm
RIP DOC! It was a great experience working for you at Middle Georgia Lab, PIMG, and HMC. Have gained many friends. You were a Brilliant man, I learned so much from you. My condolences. Teresa Epps
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