Homer Lee Whitaker, 93, passed away very peacefully in the early morning of Tuesday, September 21. A native of Alamance County, he was born on December 5, 1927 to the late Gladys Truitt and Condy Whitaker. He grew up in the Shallowford Community of Alamance County.
He left school early to serve in Navy during World War II.
Upon returning home, he married the love of his life, Louise Squires in 1946 and they were together for 72 years before she passed away in 2018.
He worked for Western Electric for many years. He found his true calling, and began making corner cupboards and started on his second career as a master woodworker. He worked in his workshop six days a week until earlier this year. He also refinished and repaired all types of furniture. Examples of his work can be found in many homes in Alamance County and across NC today. He also made custom designed furniture for Lowe’s Funeral Home, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Burlington and Elon University. Later, he began designing and making birdhouses, bird feeders and children’s toys. He donated many of these to local non-profits, such as, Shallowford Christian Church, Alamance County Historical Museum and Residential Treatment Services. He had many loyal customers over the years. His children, grand children and great grands were also recipients of his beautiful furniture.
He is survived by his sons: Thomas Squires Whitaker and wife Vickie Greeson Whitaker and Ronald Lee Whitaker and wife Kathleen Pickett Whitaker; daughters, Sandra Whitaker Albright and husband Johnny Albright and Susan Whitaker Honeycutt and husband Gary T. Honeycutt.
Grandchildren include: Honorable Kathryn Whitaker Overby and husband Benjamin David, Elizabeth Whitaker Powell and husband Robert, Matthew Paul Newsome and wife Amy, Benjamin Condy Newsome and wife Julie, Lee Alexander Whitaker and wife Victoria, Patrick K. Foy, Jr and wife Erin, Kyle G. Foy and wife Kendra and David Lee Honeycutt and wife Lesli; great grandchildren: Benjamin David Overby, Jr, Thomas Daniel Overby and William Whitaker Overby, Tyler James Powell, Haley Anne Powell, Hudson Squires Whitaker, Henry Daniel Newsome, Landen William Foy, Cody Thomas Foy, Whitaker Lee Honeycutt, Adalin Jean Honeycutt and Aldridge Homer Honeycutt; brother John Coy Whitaker and wife June and sister Joyce Thomas.
He was predeceased by his parents, wife, Louise S. Whitaker, a grandson, Thomas Squires Whitaker, Jr. 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
Homer loved and was very proud of all his children, grands and great grands.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Shallowford Christian Church by Rev. Steve Regan, pastor. Internment will follow in the Shallowford Church Cemetery.
Mr. Whitaker will remain at Lowe Funeral Homer until being taken to the church for the services. The family will receive friends at Lowe Funeral Home from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 26.
Homer will be remembered not only for his beautiful craftmanship but also his smile and friendliness; he never met a stranger. He was a remarkable man and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Memorials may be made to Shallowford Christian Church, P.O. Box 656, Elon NC 27244.