Ella Mae Whitaker, age 85, of Bristol, Tenn., passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 at her residence. She was born July 27, 1932 in Bristol, Tenn., a daughter of the late Rev. Billy and Mary Jane Eaton Leonard. Mrs. Whitaker was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by children, Ronnie Whitaker and Judy Shaffer; six brothers, Tommy, James, Charlie, Lewis, Abraham and Wallace Leonard; and two sisters, Ruth Waltrip and Anita Lane.


She is survived by her husband, Jack D. Whitaker; four daughters, Jean, Ann, Sherrie and Ketta; two sons, John and James; twenty eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.


The funeral service for Mrs. Whitaker will be held 6 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2018 in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Nathaniel Leonard officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. prior to the service. The interment will be held 1 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018 at Hines Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses.