Francis C. Whitaker, 84 of Camden, South Carolina died on Friday the 20th of February, 2015 at his home in Aiken, South Carolina.
Mr. Whitaker was born on July 29th 1930 in Camden, South Carolina, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Clarke Whitaker, brother of Caleb Clarke Whitaker III of Cincinnati and Palm Beach and Mary Whitaker Mithoefer of Charleston. His family arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1617, migrating to South Carolina by the mid-1700s. He is a descendent of signer of the Declaration of Independence, Edward Rutledge.
He attended Woodbury Forest in Virginia and the University of South Carolina. In 1956 he married Elizabeth Low, daughter of E.H. Low and Mary Holland of New York City. He worked in investment banking at Fahenstock and Lazard, while living in Locust Valley, NY. He then moved his family to England, where in addition to restoring an 18th century manor house, Wyberton Park, he established an antiques business focusing on English and French 18th century furniture.
Mr. Whitaker was a member of Piping Rock, Locust Valley, New York, the Racquet & Tennis Club, New York, Boodles Club, St. James, London, The Hurlingham Club, London and the Huguenot Society of Charleston, South Carolina.
He is survived by two sons, Andrew B.R. Whitaker of Darien, CT and Edward R.B Whitaker of New York City, as well as a daughter Susan C. Capparelle of Cos Cob, CT, and three granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina at 11 a.m. on March 28, 2015.