PFC Justin Whitmire (1991-2011)

A week ago today, my wife and I received the call that no pastor ever wants to get.  We were asked to come to the home of some close friends, and church members, as they begin the most difficult journey of their lives.

The Whitmire’s had to to hear the news, that their 20 year old son, was killed in action while serving our country in Afghanistan.  Our first prayer that night came from Philippians 4:7, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  God’s Word was declared over the family, and with my own eyes, I’ve watched that Word come to life.  This family has been a constant example of grace.  They have a foundation that is built upon The Rock, Christ Jesus, and they’re still standing even during this storm.  I don’t know how anyone could go through something like this, without a relationship with God.

“Operation Enduring Freedom”, is the official name given by the U.S. Government for the war in Afghanistan.  I’m thankful for every soldier that serves, so that our great Country can continue to be free.

Justin was more than just a church member to me, he was one of my boys.  I was honored to be his youth pastor for several years, and for the last 5 years, serve as his senior pastor.  He spent a lot of time in my home, and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

I ask you to lift this family, our church, and community, up in prayer this weekend, as we give honor to Justin’s memory.

Below is the obituary from our local paper, The Greenville News.

Justin Whitmire (1991 – 2011)

Justin WhitmireSimpsonvillePFC Justin M. Whitmire, U.S. Army, 20, lost his life in Afghanistan on Tuesday, December 27, 2011, while serving our country.Justin was born November 19, 1991 in Greenville, to Donald “Donnie” Craig Whitmire and Jennifer Ann Yeargin Whitmire. He loved to fish and was an avid Clemson fan. He was a graduate of Hillcrest High School, and served on the Speech and Debate team. He helped to start the broadcast journalism program at the school and was a member of the National Forensic League. He was known as Mr. Fix-it by his family and friends and was a faithful Big Brother to Adam Rogers. He was a member of Faith Renewed Outreach Center and the Renovate Student Ministries. Justin was stationed at Fort Hood and was assigned as a medic in the 720th Military Police Company. He was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Purple Heart.Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Craig Whitmire; a sister, Jessica “Jessi” Whitmire; paternal grandparents, Clarence and Lora Whitmire; maternal grandparents, Steve and Pat Surett; aunts and uncles, Mike and Teresa Whitmire, Tom and Rene’ Yeargin, Kristie and Jeremy Pierce, and Stephen Surett; and several cousins.Visitation will be 4:30-8 p.m. Friday at Faith Renewed Outreach Center in Mauldin.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Simpsonville First Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Terry Rogers and Pastor Stephen Morton. Burial, with Full Military Honors, will be in Cannon Memorial Park. A funeral escort will be provided by the Patriot Guard.

Memorials may be made to the Faith Renewed Outreach Center Building Fund, 505 S. Main Street, Mauldin, SC 29662.

Fletcher Funeral Service

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7 Comments on “PFC Justin Whitmire (1991-2011)

  1. Thank you for helping spread the word, and for honoring Justin’s memory. Love you guys!

  2. Justin,
    You have been deployed to guard the gates of Heaven, rest easy now Soldier, you have earned the right.

    Loyalty
    Duty
    Respect
    Selfless Service
    Honor
    Integrity
    Personal Courage…..these define a Soldier, these define a Hero.

    To Justin’s mom and dad…your Son is safe, far from all fear and pain..he is with Jesus. My heart grieves with yours as I have lost a Son as well. Psalm 139:15-16….and Psalm 30:14-15.

    In loving memory of Cpl Frank R Gross, Charlie Troop, 2-38th CAV, 504th BfSB, LRS, Phantom Trackers, Ft Hood, TX.

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