Donald William Whitlock

February 20, 1939April 23, 2013

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 Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  • VISITATION Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • FUNERAL SERVICE Friday, April 26, 2013



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Barbara Whitlock

May 14, 2013

You are my, my soul and my life. I don't how I will make it without you, but I will as I know that is what you would expect me to do. Our life together was greatly blessed with our sons and their families and our love. I hope you tarry long and wait for me when it is my time to join you. You are always just a thought away and in my every prayer. I love you so very much. Your girl and best friend Barb

April 26, 2013

I didn't Know Don well but the few times I was around him I knew him to be
a very nice and a good husband to my sweet cousin Babara and I know he was a good father to their sons. I never had the privilege to spend a lot of time with them as we always lived in different states and sometimes even other countries. Yet, everytime we saw each other it was like we were young girls again. I know this is so hard for you, Barbara and for your family. You will all be in my thoughtsand prayers. I love you. Dorothy Simons

April 25, 2013

We lost touch over the years but never will forget all the good times we shared when we were young. I have often wondered what happened to both of you.Barbara you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers this has to be difficult but God is always there for you to give you the strength to go on. Sandra Brookins Owens, Ellerslie, Ga

Peggy Green

April 25, 2013

Alan (& family),
I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I know it's been years and we've lost touch but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of your life. Know that God's presence and loving arms will carry you through this darkness! I treasure the memories of you, Donnie, and John Paul! We had some great times! ~Godspeed my friend~

April 25, 2013

It's hard to put into a few words what Don has added to our family over the last 53 years. I was very young when my sweet sister married Don. I remember thinking, I sure hope he makes her happy. He has and between the two of them they raised 5 wonderful men. Their is no higher praise. May it comfort you to know that he and Gary are watching out for you.
All my love,

Anne Cunningham

April 24, 2013

I will always remember Don's great laugh & sense of humor. He was a happy man..Alway ready to help out & assist. Will miss him. Anne Cunningham