William Joshua Whitmire

June 21, 2020 The Kindest and Gentlest of Souls

William Joshua Whitmire passed away at age 31 on June, 21, 2020. Will was the kindest and gentlest of souls, and he was the most loyal of friends. He loved his family and friends deeply and thoughtfully and showed it through action more than words. Will loved music and could play a host of instruments, but especially enjoyed the guitar and base guitar and greatly valued his time playing and touring with I Am Love for several years. Will also loved skateboarding from a young age and rarely left home without his board. As a seeker of adventure, he also enjoyed snowboarding, hiking to find swimming holes and motorcycles. He was also a talented artist who loved to sketch. Though reserved at times with his slight, shy smile, to know Will you know he loved to talk and appreciated a good conversation. He was people oriented and also graced with the best sense of humor. He had a gift of seeing things and saying a line at just the right moment to keep whoever he was with lighthearted and laughing. He was a man who showed love and care and respect even in the toughest of times, and he will be incredibly missed by his family and friends.

Will’s final years were marked by a cycle of addiction that he battled hard against, and many of those battles he won. Though he succumbed to the addiction in the end, his story is not over but just beginning. His story contains so much beauty because even in the depths of struggle he walked the road with humility. His family says often that we’ve learned more from him than almost anyone else, and though the pain of loss runs deep, we are thankful for the way Will chose to live battling these last few years with such honesty and courage—and we will continue to tell his story. His favorite Bible verse as a kid was Isaiah 40:31, “”Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” From this we take great hope that Will is now no longer weary but his strength has been renewed, his battle ultimately won, and his life crowned with love and mercy by Jesus whose understanding is unsearchable and whose steadfast love is from everlasting to everlasting.

Will is survived by his parents, Bill and Karol Whitmire; his sister Katherine Teague and her husband Marshall and their three kids, AnnCarter, Haddie and Camp Teague; his sister, Mary Ellen Whitmire; his maternal grandmother, Ernestine Kincaid; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania with the burial following at a later date (tba) in North Carolina. There will be a Public Viewing from 1-3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square, 211 South Broad St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. Due to Covid limitations, the 3 p.m. service following the viewing will be limited to a small party (by invitation). All of Will’s friends and friends of the family are invited to an Open House Gathering from 4-6 p.m. following the service, hosted at 119 Murray Avenue, West Grove, PA 19390. All are welcome at the Gathering to share stories and celebrate Will’s life.

*Please note – we are still under social distance orders, so please wear a mask and observe social distancing while at the church.

Will was always thinking of ways to help others with similar struggles. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made toward scholarship funds for those seeking recovery at Recovery Centers of America. Checks can be sent to Recovery Centers of America c/o Alumni Association 2701 Renaissance Blvd. King of Prussia, PA 19406. Please write “In Memory of Will Whitmire” in the memo line. Contributions may also be sent to Recovery Advocates of America 2117 NJ-33 Hamilton Township, NJ 08690 following the same instructions.

Our family is so grateful for all of the love and support that’s been poured out on us by all!

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

Memorial Donations

Recovery Centers of America

Recovery Centers of America c/o Alumni Association
2701 Renaissance Blvd. King of Prussia, PA 19406

Please include "In Memory of Will Whitmire" in memo line

Recovery Advocates of America

Recovery Advocates of America
2117 NJ-33 Hamilton Township, NJ 08690

Please include "In Memory of Will Whitmire" in memo line



June 27, 2020 1:00PM to 3:00PM Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square
211 South Broad Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

*Please note – we are still under social distance orders, so please wear a mask and observe social distancing while at the church

Funeral Service

June 27, 2020

Due to pandemic restrictions, this event is by invitation only

Open House Gathering

June 27, 2020 4:00PM to 6:00PM 119 Murray Avenue
West Grove, PA 19390

All are welcome at the Gathering to share stories and celebrate Will’s life


  1. Karol,Bill and all the family We are so sorry to hear the passing of William.You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.We pray that God comforts you all in a way only He can.Our deepest sympathy,With Love , Scott ,Kim Towery

    Kim Towery | July 3, 2020 at 5:28 PM
  2. Will, I’m so sorry to hear of your passing. May your soul rest over this world without pain or fear forever. You are in many of my most fond memories growing up. I love you my friend.

    Kurt Snyder | June 30, 2020 at 8:31 AM
  3. Dear Karol, Bill, Katherine, Mary Ellen, Aunt Ernie and family, I am so saddened to hear of Will’s passing. I have and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope with time and Gods love you know that Will is free from the worlds pull and now lives in Gods Glory forever, and one day you will all be with him again. God’s Love and Comfort to you, Tim Ellis

    Tim Ellis | June 28, 2020 at 1:09 PM
  4. Karol, Bill and family,
    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your son William, I pray and have faith God will provide for you in the days to come.

    My thoughts and prayers are you you all
    Brent Ellis

    Brent Ellis | June 28, 2020 at 9:58 AM
  5. Dear Bill &Carol so sorry of your loss.I know how it is to lose someone so close to you.They will always be in your thoughts.God bless you all and your family. Prayers are with you all

    Nancy& Cecil Owen | June 27, 2020 at 12:38 PM
  6. Dearest Karol, Bill and family
    I just got the news of Will passing and I am shocked and saddened. Karol I wish I could run to you and cry with you and hug you. The pain is unspeakable. Thank God we know when Will left this earth he stepped into heaven. Without knowing him since he was a little boy, when I look at his picture I can see the spirit of a gentle kind soul. Of all the fruits of the spirit those two are the best and make the greatest difference in our families and the world. So precious. Even though we have been separated all these years, Moses and I feel such a deep bond and love for you that the miles cannot dim…❤️

    Zoe Anne Pope | June 26, 2020 at 11:29 AM
  7. As a Mother whose son also battles addiction, my heart goes out to all of you, but especially to Karol. Will’s obituary was such a tribute to his life and clearly showed that he was so much more than his addiction. I admire your courage and honesty in sharing his story. I pray for God’s peace and serenity for all of you.
    Dale O’Neal (Joan’s college friend)

    Dale Adams O'Neal | June 26, 2020 at 9:15 AM
  8. Bill , Carol, Katherine, Mary Ellen I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, William. You have my deepest sympathy. I will keep you and family in my prayers. God is there for you and family and will always be to help comfort you and family

    Betty Frost | June 25, 2020 at 9:20 PM
  9. Our hearts break for your loss. Covering each of you with prayer for peace- His peace that passes all understanding.
    Paul & Diane Roberts

    Diane Roberts | June 25, 2020 at 3:49 PM
  10. Dan and I are so so sorry for the loss of your dear son, Will. Your description of the loving, thoughtful, and creative person he was and his faith in God helps me to understand even more the amount of struggle that comes with addiction. We are thanking Jesus for Will’s ultimate victory over this evil. I am encouraged to share the good news of Jesus because life on earth is so hard. I can picture Will in the arms of Jesus with all his pain released. Will is now rejoicing in Heaven along with your Daddy and celebrating what Jesus has done for us all.
    We are praying for you to be comforted and for God to ease the pain in your hearts.

    Debbie and Dan Miller | June 25, 2020 at 10:51 AM
  11. To my dear friends,Bill, Karol,Katherine,and Mary Ellen, it is with great sorrow that I write these words.I share with you in your mourning and grief.Will is a great man, I watched him grow up with my son Andrew. I love him dearly.I don’t have all the answers as to why, but I can direct us to the Father of all compassion and comfort, Who Jesus said, was greater than all. Your faith in God is your strength. Gently and with much care and concern for you the Lord is with you and will continue to walk with you through this time. We love you and are praying for you. Bob and Silvia Thomas

    Bob Thomas | June 25, 2020 at 10:14 AM
  12. Karol, thinking of you and your family. So very sad and sorry for the loss of your son Will. Reading everyone’s comments made me cry….what a sweet boy you had. So sorry for his struggles and what a bright light he was. Rest assured you will see him again.

    Pam Roof

    Pam Millwood Roof | June 25, 2020 at 9:16 AM
  13. Bill, Karol, Kathrine, Mary Ellen,
    Dearest ones I know nothing more heartbreaking than the loss of someone who has been in their life, all their life. I wish I might change the feeling that your hearts are severely broken and pained by this loss.
    I will pray that the blessings of peace will come in time, and that the memories you hold dear will bring comfort and the remembrance of joy back into your hearts.
    Rest In Peace sweet Will knowing you are forever loved. May your eternal days be filled with glory, and may God bless you greatly in your heavenly home forever.
    In Jesus name I pray. Amen
    Michelle Watts and Momma Ann Frost

    Michelle Watts | June 24, 2020 at 11:19 PM
  14. Karol and Bill, Mary Ellen, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Will. May God cover you all with comfort and peace during your time of sorrow. Will will never be forgotten and will live in your heart forever.
    Love you,
    Sandie Stinnett

    Sandie Stinnett | June 24, 2020 at 10:25 PM
  15. My thoughts and prayers for you Karol and your family. May God give you peace during this sad time. Dean Capps

    Dean Capps | June 24, 2020 at 9:31 PM
  16. I am so sorry, Bill, to read about the loss of your son. My heart goes out to you and your family. I can relate about the power of addiction and the hold that it can have on a loved one. I will be sending up prayers for you and your family.

    Brenda Hutson

    Brenda Hutson | June 24, 2020 at 7:44 PM
  17. Bill and Karol, I am so sorry to hear about your son.. many prayers are being lifted for peace and comfort in the days to follow..

    Donna Haynes | June 24, 2020 at 7:16 PM
  18. Will was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. Talented, gentle, empathetic. His passing is a loss for the world at large. Rest in peace brother.

    Kevin Gill | June 24, 2020 at 6:40 PM
  19. My heart breaks for all of you. I too have traveled with a son down that dark road. Addiction doesn’t pick or choose. I pray comfort and God’s peace for all of you. Continue to share his story and God will lead you to those hurting. Your gift of understanding and caring will be your comfort in days to come. Blessings and Love. Mott Reta Mack

    Mott Mack | June 24, 2020 at 5:22 PM
  20. We are so very saddened by this news Karol, Bill, MaryEllen and family. We will stay in prayer for you all in the days ahead that you will experience Jesus’ love and peace. Love, Kristie

    Kristie Asimos | June 24, 2020 at 4:33 PM
  21. Our prayers are with you during this time.we loved Will and know where he is now. The Thomas family…Bob jr, Carolyn, Andrew and those who worked with him at Thomas Furniture. We love you and join in this celebration. Carolyn Thomas and family

    Carolyn Thomas | June 24, 2020 at 4:24 PM
  22. I’m so sorry to hear this Karol. You and your family are surrounded in prayers. May Will Rest In Peace graced by our heavenly Fathers love🙏🏻

    Dottie wehrmann | June 24, 2020 at 4:07 PM
  23. May the Almighty God bless and keep you always. Love you, praying for your comfort

    Lillian Pryor Williams | June 24, 2020 at 3:56 PM
  24. My heart is broken and heavy with sadness. Not more than yours I am sure. Love, Charles Groves

    Charles Groves | June 24, 2020 at 3:51 PM
  25. Dear Karol and Bill I’m so sorry for the loss of your son. May the good Lord wrap his arms around you in your time of grief. Love and prayers, Vickie and Ronnie Riddle

    Vickie Riddle | June 24, 2020 at 3:33 PM
  26. Dear family, I only knew Will thru Mary Ellen’s eyes. He was very much loved and I understand the void that his passing will create. I praise the whole family for helping him to battle his illness.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God will give you the peace you need to go on.

    Rest In Peace. God bless you all.

    Blanca Salinas | June 24, 2020 at 3:32 PM
  27. My heart breaks for your family. I met Will at CCS and Will was kind to me and gave me an appreciation for skateboarding and Blink-182! He was always a friend and would really listen to other people. I am honored to have known him!!!

    Katherine and Marshall – I am local in Chattanooga/Lookout Mountain, is there is anything you need please let me know!

    Stephanie Nadeja | June 24, 2020 at 2:11 PM
  28. Bill, so sorry to read about the passing of your son. My prayer is that God will ease your and your family’s pain and give you peace in the days, months and years to follow.

    In Christian Love,
    Michael Jacocks

    Michael Jacocks | June 24, 2020 at 2:03 PM

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