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David Wayne Whitaker, Jr.
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David Wayne Whitaker, 51, Marietta, beloved son, brother, and uncle, passed away at Tranquility Hospice, Monday morning, October 23, 2017 with family by his side.
David was preceded in death by his father, David Wayne Whitaker, Sr. in 1989. He was also predeceased by his grandparents, James J. and Lennis M. Whitaker of Crossville, TN., and James C. and Dorothy H. Babb of Marietta, GA.
Survivors include his mother, Jane Babb Whitaker, of Marietta; sister, Diane Wheeler (Randy), of Woodstock; three special nephews, Sean (Anna) Wheeler, Ethan Wheeler, and Quinton Wheeler; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
David was born Dec. 31, 1965 in Marietta. He was a 1983 graduate of North Cobb High School where he developed his love for football and was a member of the North Cobb Warriors football team. After graduating from high school David worked full time and pursued his college degree. While attending Kennesaw State University he was active in Greek life on campus and in 1986 was a founding brother of the Theta Epsilon Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity at KSU. He received his BBA in Management from KSU in 1994.
David was employed by Americo Manufacturing Company of Acworth, GA for 22 years where he last served as the Special Projects Conversion Manager. He enjoyed his work and work family and especially his self- appointed side job as a main booster of the UGA Bulldogs vs the fans of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. David was a devoted fan (derived from the word “fanatic”) of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. This had been a great football season for David within the Americo employee family!
David can best be described as a long suffering fan of the Falcons, but he never lost hope that “this year is the year”. “This year is the year” was considered for his final marker but better minds prevailed in this decision.
David served the youth of his community for over 11 years beginning in 2004 when he joined his brother in law Randy in coaching his nephew’s baseball team. He continued as a baseball coach for three seasons where he became known for questioning umpires during games. After being challenged by an umpire to see if he could do any better, David decided to take the challenge and pursued umpiring in 2008. He began umpiring Dizzy Dean youth baseball at SCRA Baseball in Woodstock and went on to umpire at several local parks including Acworth Baseball at Kenworth Park, Kennesaw Baseball at Adams Park, Shaw Park, Oregon Park and Northside Youth Organization. As far as is known, he never questioned any of his own calls.
In 2005, David branched into coaching youth football with the SCRA Redskins. He moved on to Kennesaw Mountain Mustangs in 2008 before finishing his football coaching career with the Allatoona program in 2015.
David lived life his way and will be missed by his surviving family and friends. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 1:00p.m., November 4, in the chapel of Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta with Reverend Banks Brazell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until time of the service. A private interment will be held in Kennesaw Memorial.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to: Good Shepherd Foundation of Bartow County, 66 Gilreath Rd. SE, Cartersville, GA 30121. David became familiar with this foundation through his employment at Americo and felt that this foundation did a great service in providing purpose and training of developmentally challenged individuals.


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Visitation

Saturday

4

Nov

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

Service

Saturday

4

Nov

1:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

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