Karen Whitaker | Obituaries | The Press and Standard

by | December 6, 2018 2:15 pm

Last Updated: December 11, 2018 at 11:16 am

Karen Whitaker

Lebby Funeral Home, Barnwell

Karen “Peggy” Mitchell Whitaker entered this life on November 30, 1946 and departed this life on December 3, 2018 in Colleton County. She peacefully transpired into the presence of God while sleeping, after a prolonged illness. She was the daughter of the late Joseph J. Mitchell and Willie Mae Scott Mitchell.

“Peggy”, as she is so affectionately called, attended the public schools of Walterboro where she was known for her lovely performances as a majorette and a head cheerleader for the Colleton High Wolverines. Peggy was famously known for her perfect “alto” and entertained many with her vocal abilities. After graduating from high school, she attended Voorhees College in Denmark and later South Carolina State University in Orangeburg where she graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She began her career as a teacher in the Colleton County School District and then moved from this position to Parent Coordinator at Lowcountry Community Action Agency (LCAA) Head Start in St. George. Her exceptional talents and capacity to organize and work with children afforded her the opportunity to accept the position of Head Start Director in Colleton and Hampton Counties. For more than 30 years, Peggy was able to touch and influence the lives of so many children and their families in Colleton, Hampton, Berkley, and Dorchester counties.

Peggy grew up in the old Wesley United Methodist Church, now New Life United Methodist Church in Walterboro. She served faithfully on the gospel choir where she led so many songs and blessed so many in the congregation. If you got wind that Peggy was leading a song, you pressed your way to the church! Peggy was blessed with one of those rare voices that invokes the passion and excitement of the congregation. Heaven has surely gained a melodious angel!

She leaves to mourn her life’s partner, Billy Green, of the home. The children left to cherish her memories are one son, Kevin Whitaker (Camellia) of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one daughter, Kellye Whitaker of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Jerry Mitchell, who preceded her in death; another brother, Dr. Daryl Mitchell (Yvonne) of Shreveport, La.; and two sisters, Cynthia Mitchell Skipper and Beverly Mitchell Atkinson, both of Atlanta, Ga.. Peggy was further blessed to have three grandchildren, Stephanie, Kayla, and Kobe of Lawrenceville, Ga., and two great-grandchildren, John John and Ava of Lawrenceville, Ga. She had five nieces and nephews, Nicole (Rich), Scott, Brittany, Jordan, Nicholas, and Alana. Finally, she had two sons of the home, Joseph (Joey) Mitchell and Rasheed Boyd; two God-daughters, Sheila Youngblood and Melodie Harris; and a host of cousins, friends and relatives. This is true testimony of her love for children!

Peggy’s life was filled with joy and happiness and she worshipped and praised the Lord through song. She has been a parent, a mother, an aunt, a friend and a confidant to children and families in the community and those away from home throughout her career and life.

The page has turned, and this chapter of her life has closed. Some of you may weep because her eyes are closed in eternal sleep, but remember, she is going to a world far above to be with others that she cherishes and love!

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