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Tammie Whitaker

February 4, 1960 — July 15, 2013

Tammie Whitaker, 51, of Gilbertsville, died Monday at Western Baptist Hospital. Surviving are her mother Virginia Whitaker of Gilbertsville, KY, Son(s) Theron Chalepah of Kevil, KY, Torrey Chalepah of San Angelo, TX, Alonzo Chalepah of Gilbertsville, KY, Adrian Smith of Gilbertsville, KY. Daughter(s) April Smith of Paducah, KY, Brother(s) Barry Whitaker of Gilbertsville, KY and Sister(s) Sonia Seale of Houston, TX, and two grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father, Glendon Whitaker of Detroit, MI. Services will be at 11:00am, Friday July 15th at Smith Funeral Chapel in Smithland KY with Bro. Bill Lee officiating. Visitation will be 5pm to 8pm Thursday, July 14th. Burial will follow at Hampton Borders Cemetery.

The above is a wonderful obituary written to fit inside the limitations of a newspaper. She was so much more though. Her legacy will continue on in everyone that knew her.

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
I found this poem and felt this suited perfectly.

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see,

If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
all filled with tears for me,

I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today,

While thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,

And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,

That an angel came and called my name and
took me by the hand.

And said my place was ready in Heaven far above,

And that I'd have to leave behind, all those
things I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,

For all my life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.

I had so much to live for, so much yet to do,

It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,

I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,

I'd say goodbye and kiss you, and maybe
see you smile.

But then I fully realized, that could never be,

For emptiness and memories, would take
the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things, I might
miss come tomorrow,

I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was
filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through Heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.

When God looked down and smiled at me,
from his great golden throne.

He said, "This is eternity, and all I've
promised you.

Today your life on Earth is past, and
here it starts anew".

"I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,

And since each day's the same day, there's
no longing for the past".

"But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true,

Though there were times you did some things,
you know you shouldn't do".

"But you have been forgiven, and now at
last you're free,

So won't you take my hand now and share
My life with Me".

So when tomorrow starts without me, don't
think we're far apart,

For every time you think of me, I'm right here
in your heart.

--by Erica Shea Liupaeter

Songs Played At The Funeral

I didn't get a chance to play the vocal version of this during the funeral, but I did play the instrumental during the visitation. I praise God for answering my prayers, and that I know for sure that she went to Heaven. Thank you God for your grace and giving her a chance to make it right. It's a lesson we all need to take to heart, as we never know when God is going to give the call to escort us on home.

Mom, until we meet again. You'll be loved and missed. We'll never forget you.

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