Rev. Franklin C. “Frank” Whitmire, 76, of Dawsonville died Oct. 6, 2018.
Born May 4, 1942 in Forsyth County to the late Kermit and Ivy Whitmire, he had lived in Dawson County for the past 11 years having moved from Marietta.
Rev. Whitmire was ordained into the ministry in 1980 and served as Pastor of DeFoor Avenue Baptist Church until 1997. He served as Principal of University Baptist Church Christian School for two years and has served as the Associate Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church since 1999. He was also a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church and enjoyed antique automobiles.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Paulette Whitmire of Dawsonville; sons and daughters-in-law, Frank Jr. and Yvette Whitmire of Dawsonville, Jeff and Amanda Whitmire of Woodstock; grandchildren, Annie and Andrew Laird, Tim Whitmire, Gracie Whitmire, Robin Whitmire, Kenny Whitmire and Tess Whitmire; various other relatives also survive.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at Lighthouse Baptist Church with the remains placed in state at 2 p.m. Rev. Charles Blackstock officiated. Interment followed in Sawnee View Gardens.
The family received friends from 4 until 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 174, Dawsonville, Ga. 30534.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.