Donald Lee Whipp – Villages-News.com
Donald L. Whipp (86) joined his Heavenly Father on July 17, 2021 after a four-year battle with cancer and lung disease. Don was born in 1934 in Frederick, (MD) and moved to The Villages (FL) in 2005.
He graduated from Frederick (MD) High School in 1952 and served almost three years in the US Army Security Agency in Europe, including nearly two years in the divided city of Berlin. After his military service, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree. He has been a reporter and editor for various newspapers in the mid-Atlantic region.
In 1963, he joined the Potomac Edison Company, a subsidiary of Allegheny Energy. During his 34-year career with Allegheny, he worked in offices in Hagerstown (MD), Greensburg (PA) and New York, where he retired as director of corporate communications. During his professional career, he has been active in many regional and national organizations related to his industry and profession.
He was active in the United Methodist churches in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and in the New Covenant United Methodist Church in Florida. He was a member of the American Legion Post 347. He enjoyed golf, gardening, bird watching, hunting, fishing, and travel.
His travels with his wife Yoby included numerous cruises and monthlong house swaps in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
He was predeceased in 2004 by his wife of 45 years, Roma Gene (Rice) Whipp, his son Brian Whipp in 2020, as well as his parents and sister. He is survived by: wife Yoby Whipp, The Villages (FL), daughter Carol (Dave) Stanfield, Frederick (MD); daughter Donna (Page) Gravely, Middleburg (VA); grandchildren Roman Gravely, Middleburg (VA); Megan Maddox (Dave) and great-granddaughter, Millie Maddox, Walkersville (MD); stepchildren Djuana (Eddie) Holtman, Jimmy (Melonie) Whittemore and Perry Whittemore; step-grandchildren Dylan (Kailene) Holtman, Trey and Tanner Whittemore and Tyler Pirkle; step-great-grandchildren Lincoln Holtman and Bradley Pirkle, all of Georgia.
The family would like to thank Cornerstone Hospice for their wonderful care.
A memorial service will be held at New Covenant in the Villages (FL) on Thursday August 26 at 11 a.m.