Zachary Taylor “Zach” Whitacre, 21, of Gore, VA, died on Monday, February 13, 2012 at Winchester Medical Center in the line of duty as result of a traffic accident.

Zach was born on November 13, 1990 in Winchester, VA. He was a Volunteer Firefighter for Gore Vol. Fire & Rescue, Company 14 in Gore, VA and 2009 graduate of James Wood High School.

Surviving are his parents: Donald A. “Duck” Whitacre, Jr. and step-mother: Donna of Gore, VA; his mother: Diane Anderson Holmes and step-father: James of Stephen City, VA; one sister: Cheyenne Holmes of Stephens City, VA; he was raised by his paternal grandparents: Donald A. Whitacre, Sr. and Sue H. Whitacre of Gore, VA; maternal grandparents: Norman and Pansy Anderson of Gore, VA; one step-brother: Justin Rudolph of Gore, VA and one step-sister: Victoria Rudolph.

A funeral service will be held at the Winchester Church of God in Winchester, VA on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM. Officiating will be Pastor Kent Woodward. Interment will be private in Ebenezer Cemetery near Gore, VA.

Family will receive friends at the Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge, WV on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 12-3 and 6-9 PM. Friends may call on Saturday at the Winchester Church of God two hours prior to service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gore Vol. Fire & Rescue, PO Box 146, Gore, VA 22637.

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