Perry Jefferson Whitman

June 24, 1956 - June 28, 2013
Perry Jefferson Whitman

Perry Jefferson Whitman, III, 57, of Rocky Point, NC was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Perry, also known as Jeff, was born in Trenton, NJ on June 24, 1956 to his loving parents Perry, Jr. and Sandra Whitman.

Jeff married his beloved wife, Ellen Preo Whitman on December 14, 1996.
Jeff was a dedicated employee of International Paper in Riegelwood, NC, for 37 years.

All who knew Jeff, know of his great love of family and friends; his loving, caring ways, and ability to always be ready to lend a helping hand.
Jeff’s love of his horses and riding helped to earn him the nickname of Snowy River. Jeff was also an avid Harley Davidson rider. He especially enjoyed time spent with his “Harley family”. Jeff will always be remembered for his love of cooking, “special sauce”, and pig pick in’s.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Ellen and daughters April, Michelle, Lauren, and son-in-law, Barry. He was blessed with 5 loving grandchildren, Milia Boling, Alex Hall, Keith Antrican, Liam Hall, and Sadie Hall. Jeff is also survived by his parents, Perry and Sandra Whitman, brothers David and Dennis Whitman, sister Theresa Nabours (Clint); along with sisters in law Maryanne Jarrell (Donald), Jeanne Preo (Bill Kramer), Susan Northrop (James), brother in law Bill Preo (Kathy) and in-laws George and Barbara Preo. He will be greatly missed by his many adoring nieces and nephews as well as his many cousins.

The family will receive friends for a celebration of Jeff’s life on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation,1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28412

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • July 02, 2013
    David & Stacie Justice says:
    April & family, Keeping ya in our thoughts & prayers. With deepest sympathy. Love ya, David & Stacie

  • July 20, 2013
    Kerry and Lisa Wicks says:
    Ellen we just heard about Jeff. We wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.May God bless you and give you sweet comfort and peace.

  • July 15, 2013
    Donald R. Hufham says:
    When you where in ""Jeff's Presents"" You knew You where in the Hands of a True and Trusty Friend , "" Whom You Knew that with Confidence You Might Always Reli """ !!!!!!!

  • July 01, 2013
    Judy Norrish says:
    Ellen, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family during this difficult time. May God Bless!

  • June 30, 2013
    Mike Green says:
    Jeff was a good man and a good friend always there to help anyone in need. He will be missed by all who knew him.