An accomplished vocal artist, Rebecca Lynn Whitlow who performed in concert and operas in the United States and abroad, was born on February 25, 1963 in Winston-Salem, NC. She was the beloved daughter of Mr. Thomas Wilborn Whitlow and Mrs. Dora West Whitlow. She died suddenly and unexpectedly at her family home in South Boston on Christmas Eve, while visiting for the holidays.
After graduating from Halifax County High School, Rebecca attended one year at the University of Virginia in the Engineering Department. Focusing on her love of music, she transferred to Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music where she received her bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance. She then went on to receive her Master's of Vocal Performance from Converse College in Spartansburg, SC. She was also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Performing as a soprano, Rebecca spent much of her career with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, where she made many lifelong friends. Her most recent performance was a solo prior to joining the choir for the First Baptist Church of South Boston's Christmas Cantata on December 12th, 2021
Rebecca is survived by her mother, Dora Whitlow Stubblefield of South Boston, sister Nancy Whitlow Wright and husband Clarence of Midlothian, VA, her brothers Thomas (Tee) W. Whitlow Jr. and wife Susan of Nokomis, FL. and David Brian Whitlow and wife Lisa of Southport, NC. Her extended family, including nieces Rebecca Murray and husband Morgan of Powhatan, Hannah Greene and husband Eric of Wilmington, NC, nephews Wade Whitlow and fiancée Amber Taylor of Alton, VA, Josh Whitlow and wife Basia and their son, Alec of Nokomis, FL, and Daniel Whitlow and wife Jamie and their sons Thomas and Wyatt of Ocala, FL. greatly mourn her loss. Special to her were her two godsons, Wilder and Shane Troxell of Coatesville, PA. Her beautiful voice, her laughter, her amazing talent in the kitchen, and her innate kindness are just a few of the things that made her special to all who knew her.
A celebration of Rebecca's life is being planned for early spring. Details to follow.
In memorial, please consider donations to the music program at First Baptist Church of South Boston, 815 North Main St., South Boston, VA 24592.
Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfuneralinc.com.
Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.