Hoke Donald Whisnant

June 20, 1936May 7, 2018
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Hoke Donald Whisnant, 81, of Hickory, passed away peacefully at home with Sylvia by his side on Monday, May 7, 2018 at his residence.

Born June 20, 1936 in Wilkes County, he was the son of the late Ernest E Whisnant and Louella Presslar Whisnant.

Hoke was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church where he served as President of the congregation, and a member of the church council. Hoke and his wife Sylvia created the Mt. Olive Lutheran Ministry Foundation. He was a former owner and President of Hickory Fuel Co, a former member and past president of Hickory Kiwanis Club, formerly active with the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts. Hoke worked with his father for many years in Whisnant Hosiery and was a former President of McLeod’s Flowers. Hoke served his country in the U.S. Navy in the 4th Dental Company at Camp Lejeune, NC.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jo Williams.

Hoke is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sylvia Huffman Whisnant; son, Richard E. Whisnant and wife Anne Marie of Atlanta, GA; daughter, Jackie DelMonico and husband Paul of Blowing Rock, NC; grandchildren, Ernest C. Whisnant, Courtney Pearce and Ryan Pearce; and great-grandchildren, Lily and Jackson Pearce.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church with Rev. Ryan Ray officiating. A private inurnment, with military rites, will be held prior to the service in the church columbarium.

The family will receive friends following the service in Heritage Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N Center St, Hickory, NC 28601 or The Salvation Army of Hickory, 750 3rd Ave Pl SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

The family would like to thank all of the caregivers for their wonderful care given to Hoke.


  • Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
  • The Salvation Army of Hickory


  • Service of Remembrance Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hoke Donald Whisnant

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Greta Lint

May 12, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Whisnant's passing. The Whisnant family's name was a houshold word when I was growing up. My dad had the group life and health insurance, so he got to know everyone very well.

My thoughts are with your family during this time.

Greta Lint , Asheboro
Daughter of Carmen and Elmer Lint

Bruce Blackburn

May 10, 2018

Members of the Hickory Kiwanis Club send their deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of Hoke. We members of the club were delighted to have him as a member and appreciate the good things he contributed to the club and the community.

Michael and Julie Anne Lisi

May 9, 2018

Dear Sylvia,

We were deeply saddened by Hoke's passing. The memories of those good times in Myrtle Beach and Hickory came flooding back. We got to know one another well, training together at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Dental Prosthetics and then practicing our skills with the Fleet Marine Force, 4th Dental Company at Camp LeJeune. We shared a dorm room for the last twelve months of my service. What a sweet guy he was, soft-spoken and generous I was so grateful that we were able to reconnect after fifty-eight years. He will truly be missed. Our prayers remain with you and your family. We will keep in touch.

Mike and Julie Anne Lisi

Robert Taylor

May 9, 2018

Sylvia we were saddened upon hearing about Hoke. I drove the tanker for three years for Hickory Fuel Co. Earnest E. would ride along to Charlotte to load up fuel and many times Hoke would ride along also . We would stop and eat at the Historic House on the river for supper. We all had Great times working with the company. May our LORD Bless you Hoke and hold you close and Love you and keep you Forever and Ever Amen

Mary Yount Miraglia

May 9, 2018

Dear Sylvia,
I am saddened to learn of Hoke's passing. I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man. Please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you friends to comfort you, memories to strengthen you, and love to bring you peace.
May Hoke rest in peace in the arms of our Savior.
With love,
Mary (Yount) Miraglia

Fred Stone

May 9, 2018

So sorry to hear about Hoke. I did his computer work for a number of years at both Hickory Fuel and McClouds Flowers. Hoke was always very nice to me. I am sure he will be missed by many. My condolences to Sylvia and the family.