Doreen Gayle “Dody” Whittaker

Published 9:20 am Thursday, December 18, 2014

Doreen Gayle “Dody” Whittaker, 55, of Elizabethton, passed away December 14, 2014, at Park West Hospital in Knoxville, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Dody was born in Arlington, Va. She had lived and made her home in Elizabethton, Tenn., for many years.
Dody was a born-again Christian and a member of Doe River Baptist Church. She was an Area Supervisor with Murray Guard Inc. and had worked with several companies in the Tri-City area for Murray.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Whittaker.
Dody is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carrie and Clint Pollino, Knoxville, Tenn., and Gayle and Thad Montgomery, and grandchildren, Emma, Evan, Hayley, Heath and Heidi, Wirtz, VA; her parents, Rev. Richard and Jane Taylor, Lebanon, Ohio; one sister and brother-in-law, Danielle and David Schultz, Lebanon, Ohio; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Judy Taylor, Lovettsville, Va.; and her nieces and nephews. Dody cherished her adopted family, Beth Hodges, Julie Gass, Jane King and Chris Sargent and his wife. She held a special place in her heart for each of the ladies in her monthly Friday Girls Night Out Group: Jane, Sherry F., Glenis, Becky, Kay, Dorothy, Peggy H., Joann, Peggy L. and Sherry A. Dody knew no strangers and made lifelong friends wherever she went.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Doe River Baptist Church on Saturday, January 3, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Daniel Fink, minister, and Pastor Pete Tackett officiating. It was Dody’s wish to be cremated. Condolences to the family may be sent to our website at
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Whittaker family.

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