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Erica DeAnn Whitmire

July 23, 1975 ~ October 18, 2023 (age 48) 48 Years Old
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Erica Whitmire Obituary


Erica D. Whitmire, a resident of Severn, MD, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She was 48 years old. Erica's journey began on July 23, 1975, in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the beloved daughter of Errol Kerns, Sr. and Beverly (Owens) Kerns.

In 1988, Erica's family relocated to the Ft. Meade area. Her spiritual foundation took root at Kingdom Builders COGIC, where she first discovered God's love. Erica's academic and athletic prowess blossomed during her years at Meade High School, where she not only excelled in her studies but also made an impact on the track and field team. Erica enrolled into AACC before making the decision to serve her country by joining the US Army.  She served four honorable years while being stationed in both Korea and FT. Gordon, GA. In 1995, Erica married the love of her life, Shadon and they shared 28 wonderful years together building a lifetime of memories and love.

In 2007, Erica returned to Maryland with her family and found her spiritual home at The Church at Severn Run, where she played an active role in various capacities. For the past 16 years, Erica dedicated herself to her work at Navy Federal Credit Union and Verizon, forging deep and lasting friendships. Additionally, she formed numerous bonds through her involvement with children's soccer and football teams. Erica's radiant smile and boundless kindness touched the hearts of all individuals that crossed her path.

Above all, Erica's love and trust in God was on display throughout her entire life. It radiated from her spirits.  She faced life with unwavering faith, embracing her journey without regrets, all because of the profound relationship she cultivated with God. She was truly inspiring.

Erica is survived by her devoted parents, her beloved husband, Shadon Whitmire, and their four cherished children: Kiyera, Shadon Jr., Ania, and Jada Whitmire. She is also survived by her caring siblings, Errol Kerns Jr (Charnise) and Erik Kerns (Royce), as well as her five adorable grandchildren: Iyanna, Tierra, Aliyah, Ma’Kiyah, and Amir Whitmire. Her kind maternal grandmother, Mary Owens, and thoughtful in-laws, Alberta and Melvin Gadsden, also mourn her loss.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at The Church of Severn Run, located at 8187 Telegraph Road, Severn, MD 21144, on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, from 9 to 11am. A Funeral Service will commence at 11am, followed by interment at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, MD.  To view a livestream of the Celebration of Life please click HERE.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for donations in Erica’s name to causes near and dear to her heart such as breast cancer research, the Church at Severn Run and her beloved children.  

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October 31, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Church at Severn Run
8187 Telegraph Road
Severn, MD 21144

Celebration of Life
October 31, 2023

11:00 AM
The Church at Severn Run
8187 Telegraph Road
Severn, MD 21144

October 31, 2023

2:30 PM
Maryland Veterans Cemetery
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032


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