NEWPORT NEWS - Stephen Douglas Whitaker, 73, of Newport News, died on Monday, July 31, after a brief illness. The son of C.W. Whitaker and Margaret Plank Whitaker, Steve was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on August 15, 1943. For his undergraduate work, Steve attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He finished his Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Tennessee at Nashville. After graduation, Steve served his country as an Army social worker for 20 years. He retired out of Fort Monroe with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Family was more important to him than anything. Steve was married to the love of his life, Jackie Indermill Whitaker, for almost 52 years. He is survived by Jackie; their children, Doug (Jennifer) and Kelly (David); their grandchildren, Connor, Jack, Ryan and Grace and his brother, Colbert (Pat). He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Judy (George) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to a local branch of the SPCA, in honor of his love of animals - especially dogs.
Published by Daily Press from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6, 2017.