David G. Whitmire
David Glenn Whitmire, 56, passed away at home with his family, May 18th from renal failure. He was born in Ganado, TX to Oscar and Marjorie Whitmire, but grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. David ended up in Norfolk, VA 23 years ago when he was just passing thru on his way to Australia. His plans were derailed when he lost both of his kidneys and ended up with a transplant on July 4, 1987.
David was a carpenter/woodworker but his passion was woodcarving. He studied under Master Woodcarver, Ludwig Kieninger in Dallas, Texas and then at the world renowned Brienz School of Woodcarving in Brienz, Switzerland. No matter if he was creating a one of a kind piece of work or remodeling a house, his unique personality could be seen in his creations.
David met his wife while doing a job for his not yet mother-in-law. Two years after that first meeting, they started dating and were married in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. David and Joanna shared a joy for travelling and did so as much as possible.
David is survived by his wife, Joanna Myers Whitmire; his mother-in-law, Eloise B. Myers; four sisters, Gina Arnold Sean, Leslie Thornton Jerry, Alice Flores Gabriel, Bobbie Jo Whitmire; three brothers, Billy Whitmire, Johnny Whitmire Serena and Michael Whitmire along with many nieces and nephews. David is also survived by his two dogs, Niki and Loki which brought him much joy and laughter.
The family would like to thank Dr. Karen Dhillon, the Doctors from Digestive and Liver Disease Specialist and Jennifer in scheduling and everyone in the endoscopy unit at Sentara Norfolk General especially, Gerri. Thank you for all your help over the past two years. The compassion you showed was deeply appreciated. We would also like to thank Heartland Hospice for their help and a very special thanks to Tom and Karen Calogrides. Your friendship has never faltered and you stood by during some very difficult times. Words will never express how thankful we have been to have you in our lives.
To celebrate Davids distinctive individuality, we will have a non-traditional celebration of his life at Capt. Groovys Grill & Raw Bar on Monday, May 24th from 5p -7p.
Please come equipped with your favorite / funny David story to share.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to your favorite animal rescue foundation. Cremation Society of Virginia is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.cremate.org.