James "Sompa" Whitaker, 70, of Lewisburg, Ky., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

He was born Saturday, Sept. 2, 1950, in Lewisburg, Ky., the son of the late Robert Whitaker and the late Myrtle Jenkins.

He was a logger and a farmer and also attended BOAT Church on Lake Malone.

Surviving is a very special friend, Marilyn Smith of Lewisburg, Ky.; a brother, John Whitaker of Lewisburg, Ky.; sisters, Jo Ann Talley of Elkton, Ky., Virginia Willis of Lewisburg, Ky., and Linda Willis of Scottsville, Ky. Sompa was also a very special father to Terry Smith, Peggy Smith, Pamela Armstrong, and Melvin Smith.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at Price Funeral Home, Inc. located at 252 E. Green St. Lewisburg, KY 42256 with Bro. Garry Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Wileys Chapel Cemetery, Lewisburg, Ky. Visitation will begin at the funeral home Sunday, Oct. 18 after 5 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m.

Due to current mandates and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is required that a mask be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Price Funeral Home, Inc. to help with funeral expenses.