William "Willie" Barry Whitcher Sr., 57, a lifelong resident of Edgewater, died suddenly on August 16 in Virginia. Born December 28, 1955 in Annapolis, to the late Laurence and Marilyn Whitcher, Willie was a graduate of Southern High School. He went on to become employed with the Washington Gas Company where he was the manager of pressure operations for the gas supply. He was the youngest employee to reach a management position in the gas company. He retired from the gas company after 32 years, then became a realtor, working for Riley and Associates. Willie was a trustee of the Annapolis Elks Lodge, enjoyed politics, boating and real estate. Above all he was dedicated to his friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Douglas Whitcher. William is survived by a former spouse, Catherine J. Sanders; two sons, William B. Whitcher Jr. of Edgewater and Daniel Scott Whitcher of Ocean City; one daughter, Marilynn Elaine Whitcher of Asheville, NC; three brothers, Donald Whitcher of Sequim, WA, David and Chester Whitcher of Edgewater; three sisters, Lauren Walker of Annapolis, Kathy Young and Joyce Kern, both of Edgewater; one grandson, Christian Tyler Whitcher of Edgewater and one granddaughter, Tatum Olivia Whitcher of Edgewater. A Memorial Mass will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, August 24, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville. Interment is private. A celebration of Willie's life will follow the service at 1 p.m. at the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Dr., Edgewater. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are recommended to Elks Youth Camp Barrett, P.O. Box 258, Crownsville, MD 21032. An online guestbook is available at www.kalasfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Capital on Aug. 21, 2013