Tracy Alton Whitaker, Jr.

Tracy Alton Whitaker, Jr., 83, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 24, 2024, in Yorktown, VA. He was a native of Pulaski, VA, and has been a Peninsula resident for 64 years. Tracy worked as a welder for Newport News Shipbuilding for 13 years and retired from Advex Corporation as a machine shop supervisor after 30 years. Tracy enjoyed riding his mower and keeping a garden. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Many great memories in the house that Dad built. He will be greatly missed.

Tracy was preceded in death by his wife of over 47 years, Frances Jane Whitaker. He is survived by his son, Tracy Whitaker, III; four daughters, Debbie Wooten (Tony), Sandy Whitehurst, Kathy Whitmore (Johnny), and Beth Wetzler (Joey); twelve grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Peninsula  Memorial Park on Monday, April 1, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Paul Cox

    Tracy and I became friends in the Civics Class in the 8th Grade 1954. He was loved by the whole class of 1959. He was a gentle gentleman. May our Lord grant peace and comfort to all the family. Paul Cox (Porky) Pulaski, VA

  2. Bruce and Vanessa king

    Bruce and I are so very sorry for the loss of your dad!! We are praying for all your family! We will be thinking of all of you in the upcoming days!❤️

  3. David & Margaret Woods

    Tracy was a reserved, quiet and gentle man whose love for his family is unsurpassed. Fran and Tracy always made us feel welcome in their home and as David has said “he was like a brother to me”. Our Sundays will never be the same without hearing his voice and we will miss him dearly. The expression of your love in caring for him meant so very much to him and this was conveyed to us on many occasions. He will forever be in our hearts.

  4. Mary Mayer

    I worked with Tracy at Advex for over 20 years and what a wonderful man he was. His fabrication knowledge and skills were a tremendous asset to the company. He will be missed. Heaven just gained another angel. Prayers are with the Whitaker family.

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