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Howard Douglas Whitmore, 80, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
He was born in Bridgewater on Oct. 10, 1931, and was the son of the late Charles Samuel and Wilda Pauline Wheelbarger Whitmore.
Howard lived most of his early life in Bridgewater and in 1951 graduated from Harrisonburg High School. While in high school, he played football and basketball. Following high school, Howard attended the Newport News Apprentice School. While there, he played football for a semi-pro league. He later joined the U.S. Navy.
In 1962, he graduated from the University Of Virginia School Of Architecture. He began his architecture career in Baltimore, Md., and continued his lifetime career in Harrisonburg, privately and at James Madison University.
Howard was a longtime member of Otterbein United Methodist Church and he currently attended Cooks Creek Presbyterian Church. He was active in both the Harrisonburg Exchange Club and the Harrisonburg Elks.
Howard enjoyed playing golf, had a passion for woodworking and enjoyed spending time at the family cottage in Rawley Springs.
In 1963, he married the former Sarah Dadisman, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Neil D. Whitmore and wife, Gwendolyn, of Fairfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles and Donald Whitmore; and one sister, Eleanora Whitmore Liskey.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Cooks Creek Presbyterian Church with the Rev. George Evans officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the church. Burial will be private. Military honors will be by Dayton American Legion Post No. 27.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cooks Creek Presbyterian Church, 4222 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.