Sylvia Faye Godwin Whitmore


Mrs. Sylvia Faye Godwin Whitmore, 78, wife of the late Ronnie Eugene Whitmore and a resident of Gargatha, formerly of Smithfield, Va., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. A native of Sanford, Sylvia was born Oct. 15, 1942, a daughter to the late John Nathan Godwin and Irene White Godwin.

Always on the go, Sylvia kept busy through her role as a wife, mother, and grandmother, as an active member of Hallwood Baptist Church, and traveling. She especially enjoyed trips to Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and for many years, she spent countless hours sewing and crocheting gifts for friends and family. Sylvia cherished time spent with family and adored her teacup poodle, Lexie, all of whom will greatly miss her.

Survivors include her loving children, Tana Miles Brittingham, of Smithfield, Lou Ann Burkhead and her husband, David, of Gargatha, Anita Burkhead, of Parksley, and Shari Gary and her husband, Jerry, of Smithfield; sisters, Louetta Gibbons, of Onancock, Ann Pruitt, of Pocomoke City, Md., and Roberta Chance, of Sanford; grandchildren, Autumn and Austin Brittingham, and Mackenzie and Olivia Burkhead; special friend, Dallas “Butch” Thomas, of Pocomoke City; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Peggy Miller and Johnny N. Godwin Jr.

Funeral services were conducted from the graveside at the John W. Taylor Memorial Cemetery on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Danny Shrieves officiating.

Contributions in Sylvia’s memory may be made to Hallwood Baptist Church, c/o Max Marshall, P.O. Box 43, Hallwood, VA 23359.

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Arrangements were by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.
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