Charleen Ann Whitmire, 80, of Cleveland, TN, passed away Monday, August 20, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.
She was born June 18, 1932 in Portland, OR to the late Lloyd and Florence Middleton. She was a kind, loving person who found great joy in doing things for others. She always had a beautiful smile and a kind word for everyone. She attended North Cleveland Church of God where she worked in the nursery for many years. She also was a member of the Geneva Circle and the Unity Sunday School Class. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Nursing as an R.N. She worked as head nurse in several departments at Bradley Memorial Hospital. She also worked at the Baptist Hospital in Knoxville. She retired as the office-nurse for Dr. James C. Lowe. After retiring, she worked as a Red Cross volunteer for several years at the hospital.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, William H. Whitmire, of Cleveland; son, William H. Whitmire, Jr. (Peggy); daughter, Julia A. Whitmire (Ron Jones); three grandchildren, William H. Whitmire, III, of Cleveland, Matthew C. Whitmire, of Cookeville and Joshua P. Jones, of Cleveland; brother; Roger Middleton (Deanna) of Corbett, OR; sister, Joeleta Frewing of Canby, OR; sister-in-law, Jean Whitmire of Ocoee; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
A Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 24, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Whitmire and Pastor Mitch Maloney officiating. Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with Jimmy Goddard, Steve Hyde, Rick Hyde, Roy Pierce, Jackie Carroll, and Doug Ingle serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Unity Sunday School Class. The service will conclude with a white dove release ceremony.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, August 23, at the Ralph Buckner Funeral Home who has charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Unity Sunday School Class of North Cleveland Church of God, 335 11th St. NE, Cleveland, TN 37311.