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James Whitmore

September 4, 1946 — May 29, 2023

Killeen, TX

James C. Whitmore, a devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather, and dedicated military veteran, peacefully passed away on May 29, 2023. A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 5th at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen with the rendering of military honors to begin at 1 pm. A visitation will be held the evening prior at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home from 3-5 pm.

Born on September 4, 1946, in Texarkana, he was the cherished only child of Edward Whitmore and Isabell Johnson. James led a remarkable life, leaving behind a legacy of love, service, and fond memories.

James proudly served his country in the United States Army for an admirable 20 years and 3 months. As a Crew Chief, he displayed unwavering dedication and expertise in maintaining and repairing military aircraft. James's commitment to his role and his comrades earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow servicemen and superiors. His invaluable contributions left a lasting impact on the military community.

Following his illustrious military career, James joined Dyn Corp as a Helicopter Inspector. He brought his expertise and meticulous attention to detail to this new role, ensuring the safety and functionality of the helicopters he inspected. James worked at Dyn Corp for 19 years, retiring at the age of 59, leaving a lasting impact on his colleagues and the organization.

Beyond his military career, James was an active member of Marlboro Heights Missionary Baptist Church, where he served on the bus ministry. He selflessly dedicated his time and efforts to ensure fellow church members could attend worship services and church events. James's compassionate spirit and willingness to lend a helping hand touched the lives of many within his faith community.

Additionally, James served as a trustee at Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church, where his wisdom and guidance played a vital role in shaping the church's affairs and mission. His commitment to the church and its congregation was unwavering, and his contributions were deeply appreciated by all who knew him.

On June 6, 1968, James married the former Ethel Jean Hawkins, his beloved wife and partner in life. Together, they shared a beautiful journey filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. Their union blessed them with two wonderful daughters, Chauna Reddick and Jamie Woodards(Robert Woodards), who brought immense joy and pride to their lives.

James adored his three grandchildren, Alexandria Reddick, Jago Woodards, and Johnson Woodards. Their presence brought him immeasurable happiness, and he cherished every moment spent with them. Whether it was cheering them on during their accomplishments or simply enjoying their company, James cherished the special bond he shared with his grandchildren.

In his leisure time, James had a passion for racing cars and spent countless hours tinkering with his automobiles. He found great joy in the thrill of racing and the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. James also loved visiting his children and grandchildren with his wife, creating lasting memories that will be treasured by his family for years to come. He and his wife enjoyed going on drives together, exploring new places, and embracing the beauty of the world around them.

To honor James C Whitmore's memory and his compassionate nature, the family kindly requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in lieu of flowers. James held a deep affection for children in need and supporting this remarkable organization will continue his legacy of kindness and generosity.

James C Whitmore's unwavering dedication to his country, his love for his family, and his commitment to his faith community will be remembered and cherished forever. His warm smile, kind heart, and gentle spirit will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in eternal peace, knowing the lasting impact he made on the lives of others.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, June 4, 2023

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Stateroom

506 N 38th St, Killeen, TX 76543

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Funeral Service

Monday, June 5, 2023

1:00 - 1:40 pm (Central time)

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery (Killeen)


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Military Honors

Monday, June 5, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery (Killeen)


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