Donald William Whitlock, 74, passed away April 23, 2013 at Catawba Regional Hospice after a brief illness.
Donald was born February 20, 1939 in Roanoke Co., Va. to the late Henry William and Bettie Ocie Yoppe Whitlock. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Wayne Whitlock.
He was a member of Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, member of American Legion Post 544, veteran of the U. S. Army and retired from Hickory Springs Mfg.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Marchbanks Whitlock; sons, Barry Alan Whitlock and wife, Cindy, of Surprise, AZ, John Paul Whitlock and wife, Elaine, of Hickory, Donald Clifford Whitlock and wife, Sandy "Shawn", of Iron Station, NC and Jeffrey William Whitlock and wife, Mabel "Emby" of Maiden; dau-in-law, Angie Whitlock of Maiden; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a sister, Patricia W. Turman of Chistiansbury, VA.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 – 7:30 P. M. at Hickory Funeral Home.
Services will be Friday, April 26, at 11:00 A. M. at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. John Whaley officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in Conover City Cemetery with full military graveside honors by American Legion Post #48.
Pallbearers will be members of American Legion Post 544. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 544, c/o Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, 3702 16th. St., N. E., Hickory, N. C. 28601 or to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, N. C. 28658.
Condolences may be made on line at www.hickoryfh.com.
Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.