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May 27, 1933 – January 18, 2023

Howard “Noolie/Pops” Whitaker, 89, of Petersburg, VA, entered into eternal rest peacefully Wednesday morning, January 18, 2023, at the Bon Secours Southside Regional Medical Center. 

Howard was born on May 27, 1933 to William Whitaker and Carrie Davis Whitaker. The youngest of six children, he was predeceased by his siblings, Mary W. Goode, Louise C. Blakes, Fred Whitaker, William Whitaker, and Thomas A. Whitaker, Sr.

He was baptized at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Petersburg, VA. Over the course of his life, Howard held many positions but ultimately, retiring from Phillip Morris USA.

Howard leaves to cherished memories with his wife of 25 years, Maude B. Whitaker of Petersburg, VA; daughter, Sheila Jones of Petersburg, VA, and her children, Pamela Jones of Petersburg, VA, Michelle Jones of Annapolis, MD and Jamie Jones of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Barbara Jones of Petersburg, VA, and her children, Rhonda Jones of Petersburg, VA and Rev. Michael Jones (Christy) of Chesterfield, VA; stepson, Mark Thompson, Jr. of Petersburg, VA and stepdaughter, Jill Winfield of Atlanta, GA; nine great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; close friends, Elroy “Pee Wee” Burrows and William Avery; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

The family thanks Ms. Lydia D. Batson, Ms. Ms. Terri A. Taylor and Mr. Cory Batson, as well as FMC-Petersburg “Liberty Dialysis” for their kind care and attention.   

A memorial service will be held 3:00 P.M., Saturday, January 28, 2023, in the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, the Rev. Herbert Holly II, eulogist.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.