Donna Mae Nichols ‘Nannie’ Whitaker

Published 4:37 pm Monday, November 9, 2015

Donna Mae Nichols “Nannie” Whitaker, 71, of Country Lane, Mocksville, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.

She was born in Cazenovia, N.Y. on Dec. 24, 1943, daughter of the late James Nichols and Beatrice Mary Coleman Nichols. She worked in the textile industry for many years and was of the Methodist faith. She loved to work, especially yard work, gardening and canning. She also enjoyed fishing and boating.

Survivors: her husband of 55 years, James Franklin Whitaker of the home; a daughter, Annette W. Steele of Mocksville; a son-in-law, Rick Steele; 2 grandchildren, Benjamin Steele (Sheryl) of Advance and Leslie Taylor (James) of Mocksville; 3 great-grandchildren, Tyler Steele, Hunter Steele and Marshall Taylor; 3 brothers: Jack Nichols (Phyllis) of Mocksville, Richard Nichols (Florence) of New York, and Rodney Custer (Kayla) of Advance; 5 sisters, Marjorie Wall, Sandy Potts (Richard), Jeanette Steelman and Gail Spry, all of Mocksville, and Linda Parker of New York; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Nichols of Mocksville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by:  her step-father, Alvin A. “Pappy” Custer; 3 brothers, John, Kenneth and Jim Nichols; infant twin sisters; and a sister-at-heart, Hazel Dalton.

A celebration of life service was conducted Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. at Davie Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rowan Fay officicating. The family received friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.