Norman David “Whitey” Whitehurst, age 76, of Newport died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Charlton Memorial Hospital of Fall River, MA. Mr. Whitehurst was born March 9, 1941 in Houston, TX. He is the son of the late Julian Hodge and the late Connie (Whitehurst) Wick. He was the husband of Patricia Louise Ferry for 53 wonderful years.

Norman served in the US Navy during Vietnam and 24 years as a firefighter for the Naval Station Newport, retiring as a captain. He worked as a custodian for 16 years at St. Lucy’s Church in Middletown. Norman was a passionate member of RI State Rifle Association, National Muzzle Loaders Association, Tiverton Rod & Gun Club and Newport Rod & Gun Club. He was a faithful member of Jesus Savior Church, fully entering the Catholic faith on Easter, April 4, 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Louise (Ferry) Whitehurst, one daughter, Laura Jean Chapman of Riverside, CA and one son, Noel David Whitehurst of Newport, RI.

Calling hours will be held at Memorial Funeral Home 375 Broadway Newport, RI on Thursday, August 10, from 5:00PM – 7:00PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday August 11, at Jesus Savior Church, 1 Vernon Avenue, Newport, RI.

Burial will be in Newport Memorial Park, Middletown, RI.

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Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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