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Otelia Whitaker

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Wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, educator, musician, and our First Lady, Otelia Whitaker has served as Minister of Music since 1964 assisting her husband, Bishop James M. Whitaker, in ministry.  A gifted musician, she started in music at the age of four and plays both the piano and organ.  Mrs. Whitaker received a BS in music from Norfolk State University.  She was employed as a music teacher in the Portsmouth and Newport News Public School systems.  She became certified in elementary education and taught music and fourth grade unitl she retired in 1995.