Paula Gallop Whitlow of Clover passed away at her home on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. She was born in Portsmouth on Oct. 30, 1938 to the late Paul and Lila Miller Gallop and was married to Aubrey James “A.J.” Whitlow.

Paula was the founder in establishing the Serenity Garden at Edmunds Park and continued as a volunteer. She was a “small town country girl with a big dream,” a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her passion was crafting, writing poems, cooking and spending time with her family. Paula was a former dispatcher/jailer in Currituck County and a former school bus driver. She was a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to the husband, she is survived by her children, Paul James Whitlow (Betty), Tony Gene Whitlow (Janie), Susan Jones (Tony), Danny Whitlow (Denise) and David Whitlow (Peggy); 14 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Allen; and sisters Sandra Wotring and Gertie Myers. 

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at the Whitlow Family Cemetery, 8041 Mortons Ferry Road, Clover. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at Brooks Lyon Funeral Home from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers those wishing to make donations are asked to consider Serenity Gardens, PO Box 1363, Halifax,VA 24558.

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The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services, South Boston.