Betty Griggs Whitaker

February 2, 1928 ~ August 16, 2019 (age 91)


Betty Griggs Whitaker, 91, of Salisbury passed away Friday, August16, 2019 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

Born in Rowan County on February 2, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Virginia Kivett Griggs and the late Harry Alan Griggs.

Betty attended Salisbury City Schools and Catawba College and was a homemaker.  She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Salisbury where she was a former Sunday School teacher and choir member.  She was an accomplished seamstress and was especially known for her quilts and Barbie doll clothes.  She was an advocate for Rowan Helping Ministries, was very dedicated to the Red Cross having donated in excess of eighteen gallons of blood and she loved her cats.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert Donald Whitaker, brother Samuel Griggs, and sister Susan Griggs Griffin.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Frances Whitaker McDonald (David) of Winston-Salem; sons Robert “Bob” Whitaker (Bunny) of Salisbury and Donald Whitaker (Jeanne) of Raleigh; brother Harry Griggs, Jr. (Elin) of Mobile, AL; brother-in-law, Clyde “Butch” Griffin of Merritt Island, FL; sister-in-law Anita Griggs of Greenville, SC; grandchildren Karen Olson, Leigh McDonald, Lewis and John Whitaker, William and Leah Whitaker; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Visitation: Friday August 23, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM in the Parlor at the First Baptist Church, 223 North Fulton Street, Salisbury, NC  28144.

Service: 2:00 PM in the Chapel at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney Kerr officiating. Burial will follow in City Memorial Park.

Memorials: can be made to First Baptist Church, 223 North Fulton Street, Salisbury, NC  28144, or to Rowan Helping Ministries, P.O. Box 4026, Salisbury, NC  28145.

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August 23, 2019

1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Parlor of First Baptist Church
223 N. Fulton St.
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Funeral Service
August 23, 2019

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church Chapel
223 North Fulton Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144


First Baptist Church of Salisbury
223 N. Fulton St., Salisbury NC 28144

Rowan Helping Ministries
226 N. Long St., Salisbury NC 28144

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