Samuel Ray Whitby


In Loving

Samuel Ray Whitby

May 18, 1949 – September 9, 2019

Samuel Ray Whitby, 70 of Prince George passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Colonial Heights Health and Rehab.

Mr. Whitby was the son of the late, Ray and Louise Whitby and grew up in Brodnax, Virginia. He retired from the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and also worked for 19 years at Poplar Springs Hospital. Mr. Whitby was an amateur astronomer, genealogist and poet.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Uta Whitby; children Colleen Gorman (Jeff), David R. Whitby (Angelique) and Tyler B. Whitby; grandchildren Maxwell, Sailor, Kieran, Declan and Gavin; sister-in-law Rodessa Whitby; nephew Emmitt Whitby; and niece Juanita Howerton. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Randall Whitby.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 13 at Affinity Funeral Service Richmond Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in Brodnax, Virginia.



Affinity Funeral Service


Friday, September 13, 2019


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service


Friday, September 13, 2019


3:00 PM



  1. Beryl Clary September 9, 2019 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss! Beryl Clary Gasburg Va

    • Sandy and Steve September 10, 2019 at 3:31 am - Reply

      Our deepest condolences to your family. Sam was a wonderful man and left a positive impact on ever person who knew him. May your precious memories sustain you.

  2. Judy Brunkow September 9, 2019 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sammy was one of my favorite classmates
    Judy (Lucy) Brunkow

  3. Judy Pulley Hayes September 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    So sorry! Grew up with Sammy and Randy in Brodnax

    • JACQUELYN ROBINSON-TILLER September 9, 2019 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      My deepest condolences to my friend and mentor Uta Whitby and her family. No words can be expressed the pain you are going through, however you have family and friends that will always be with you and your family and will support you. If you need anything, Plz let me know!

  4. Jean Switzer September 9, 2019 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    My deepest condolences to your family.

  5. Lynn Watkins September 10, 2019 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Sammy was such a wonderful and talented man and will we missed by all his classmates. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time🙏🏻🙏🏻

  6. Afrikka Ennis September 10, 2019 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to your family.

  7. Ronnie Wesson September 10, 2019 at 7:15 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sam was a good friend and classmate. We kept in touch. I will miss him. Prayers to his family.

  8. sue j. mayton September 10, 2019 at 7:38 am - Reply

    So very sorry. He will be missed.

  9. Judy Egeland September 10, 2019 at 8:13 am - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers with the family. Sorry for your loss. So glad to see him at the class reunion. He will be missed.

  10. Darlene Hinman September 10, 2019 at 11:30 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss! I’m so grateful for all his hard work in researching and writing the Cumbia Family Tree!

  11. Kathy Dunnavant September 10, 2019 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the family of such an interesting and good man.

  12. Shirley Conner September 10, 2019 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear this. Sam and I were cousins and friends. The last time I called him Sammy he said. Call me Sam. I said what’d you do grow up? 🙂Long time ago !
    I’ll remember he and I going to get ice cream in south hill and laughing and joking around as kids. As adults he was always doing research on our family history. He’d email me his findings.
    RIP my friend ! You fought a hard battle! ❤️

  13. Jody Mallory September 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Oh my Sam!! My friend! My riding partner!! I am so hurt right now, but I know you are in a much better place! You will forever be a part of my heart!! Condolences to his family! I will be praying for you all! Fly high Sam!!❤❤😢

  14. Daisy Pierce September 10, 2019 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. Sam was a wonderful man a great conversationalist. He loved talking about astronomy and genealogy.
    He fought a hard battle. My thought and prayers are with you all.

  15. Family Siebenkäs September 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Dear Whitby Family,
    we would like to express our sincere condolences. We are very sorry for your loss. Sam was an amazing and loving person who immediately accepted us as part of your Family, as you all did. We are all deeply touched and saddened by Sams passing.

    Our deepest condolences,
    Family Siebenkäs

  16. Steven Cumbea September 10, 2019 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    A Cumbea cousin I never had the pleasure to meet. His genealogy work enriched my life. I offer deepest sympathy

  17. Cynthia Schumaker September 10, 2019 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Sam Whitby will definitely be missed by many. He impacted so many with his written stories and poems. He always brought a smile to my face when I saw him at Poplar Springs! And he always was so encouraging no matter how rough a shift he may have had!

  18. Norm and Jean Borthwick September 11, 2019 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  19. Lance Burton September 11, 2019 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Sam and I worked many years at RDC and became friends and shared stories about our families. He will be missed by many. Piece & Love to your family.

  20. Lance Burton September 11, 2019 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Peace & Love

  21. Lt. V. Davis September 12, 2019 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Sam wasn’t just my co-worker, he was my friend.

    Lt. V. Davis (ret.)
    Va. Dept. of Juvenile Justice/RDC

  22. Joyce Easter September 13, 2019 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Sending prayers to you and the entire family.

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