Kirksey Funeral Home


Rickey Lee Whisenant

January 30, 1954September 23, 2020

On September 23rd, 2020, Rickey Lee Whisenant, born January 30th 1954 to W.G. “Bud” Whisenant and Elizabeth “Beth” Whisenant went to his heavenly home with the Lord our Father after an extended illness.

Rick is survived by his wife of 47 years, Debbie; a son, Eric and daughter-in-law Veronica; a daughter, Jennifer and son-in-law Thomas; and seven grandchildren, Brittany, Braxton, Christian, Trinity, Gracie, Robbie and Jaxxon. Rick is also survived by his father W.G. “Bud” Whisenant and 2 brothers, Garry and Dennis with sister-in-law Lisa and nephew, Heath.

He is reunited in death with his mother, Elizabeth “Beth” Whisenant and several dear aunts, uncles and friends.

Rick retired from BellSouth in 2003 and spent his retirement farming. Rick loved God, his family and farming. Rick was a man of few words but never left anything unsaid. He will be missed terribly but his legacy will live on!

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in the Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Carswell and Rev. David Ray officiating. Interment will follow at the Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery.The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the family.


  • Receiving of Family and Friends

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

  • Celebration of Rickey's Life

    Saturday, September 26, 2020


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Joe Avery

September 28, 2020

Our Prayers are with all the family. I have known Rick since we worked together in Lenoir in Supply. Then we got our separate jobs outside, but worked in the same work center until we both retired the same year, 2003. My son and Jennifer went to school all 12 years and graduated together from Freedom. For sure he was a man of few words, but when he spoke, it was best to listen. I will miss his friendship and faith. God bless you all. Joe Avery

Danny Aldridge

September 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss. He was a great man to work with. Enjoyed working with him. Will always remember him looking over the top of his safety glasses and grinning. One thing I will never forget is that he was a man of God. Our prayers are with you and the family.

Keith Puckett

September 25, 2020

When you work with someone for a long time there are so many memories you can't begin to tell about them all. Whis and I worked together for 25 years and I have known him for many years before that. I could not ask for a better friend. Whis always played his cards close to his chest and when he did say something you might ought to listen. Whis was a good family man he once told me life wouldn't be worth living if it wasn't for his family so I could go on and on but he was a great friend and I will miss him greatly.

Roger and evelyn Peeler

September 25, 2020

Ours prayers and thoughts are with your family. God bless .

Roger and evelyn peeler

Jean Allman

September 24, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Mark Houser

September 24, 2020

I worked in the same yard at BellSouth with Rick. He didn’t say too much but was always helpful and friendly when you needed a hand.

After Rick retired I would see him farming and would stop in to say howdy. He always seemed to be content and hard working no matter what he did.

God Bless Rickey and his family. Truly a great man and I feel proud to have known him.


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