Terry Ray Whitlock

November 17, 1950January 11, 2013

Terry Ray Whitlock, 62, of Twin Falls passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013 at his home in Twin Falls.

Terry was born on November 17, 1950 in Boise, Idaho the son of Violet and Monroe Whitlock. He grew up in and attended grade school at Edwards Air Force Base in California, after which he moved with his family to Evreux, France for 2 years. Terry’s father was then transferred to Lakenheath AFB, England where Terry graduated from High School. He returned to the United States and joined the US Army, serving his duty in Germany, after which time he returned to New Jersey to be with his family.

It was in New Jersey that Terry met and married Susan Cannon in 1974 and the couple lived on the Jersey Shore. Terry had a great passion for music, especially singing and playing the guitar, and this love led him to form the band Tahoka Freeway. The band performed for a number of years, and went on to record and play for many venues throughout the Eastern United States. Following the band’s disbursement, Terry and a friend built their own fishing boat and spent many hours on the open sea. He also worked for a commercial fishing company for several years.

Terry liked to travel, and spent time in St. Croix and Puerto Rico. He returned to the U.S. and worked for a pool and spa company and, in 1993, moved to Idaho to be near his family. In Idaho, Terry worked for Basterrechea Trucking, for Star Construction, and Volco Building Supply. His final employment was with Ferguson Water Works.

Terry liked to serve his community and was an active member of the Twin Falls Masonic Lodge and also the Twin Falls Wish Foundation. All through his time in Idaho, he played and sung for events throughout Southern Idaho.

Terry is survived by his mother, Violet Whitlock of Twin Falls; his brother, Monroe Jr. of Twin Falls; He was preceded in death by his father, Monroe.

Funeral services for Terry will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave. East, Twin Falls with Pastor Dale Metzger officiating. Military honors by Magic Valley Honor Guard and Idaho National Guard. Masonic rites by the Twin Falls Masonic Lodge #45 AF & AM. At Terry’s request there will be no public viewing. Burial will follow at Wendell Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be given in Terry’s name to the Magic Valley Wishing Star Foundation. Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff or mailed to Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls, ID 83303.

Services are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.

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J. Randall Broskley

April 7, 2017

Saddened my heart to hear of Terry's passing. The memories I have kept all these years came out like a fountain. The Saturday nights at the Brewery with the square dancing and all we did to those very special songs like "Light Rain". I still have that 45. The music, like Terry, can never be forgotten for those that were there. His voice will echo in eternity.

Tom Bisset

June 2, 2015

So sorry to hear this news a few years after the fact. So many nights listening to Terry & Tahoka----- great way to blow off steam.Did shots with him one night in the old Saloon in what I believe may have been their last show--- at least that is what they said at the in peace knowing you made life more enjoyable for many people.

January 11, 2015

Dear Terry,
I can't believe it has been 2 years that you have been gone. I miss hearing your beautiful voice. I always looked forward to your call on New Years Eve to wish us a Happy New Year and catch up on life. I think of you often and with love. Lou& I send our thoughts & prayers to you and your family. You will never be forgotten, my dear friend.
Much love,
Shelley & Lou Esquieu
Williamstown NJ

Leslie Caldwell

October 7, 2013

I just heard about Terry's passing over the weekend. Such sad news. I have great memories of Terry's music and of Tahoka Freeway from my years in State College, PA. There's a little less light in the world now.

Nathan Hemmis

September 17, 2013

It deeply saddened me to hear of the loss of such a great musician . Being the son of George Hemmis the front man of the High Country band I grew Up on dirty crackly board recordings of Tahoka .... Hope can only be that no Light Rains chase any parties inside !

Carlo Mucci

July 9, 2013

I will never forget Terry Whitlock night at the Red Oak in New Jersey. Best times ever!

Denise Woodworth

June 6, 2013

Terry was a great musician and a fun guy we had lot's of fun with Tahoka Freeway he will be missed rest in peace Terry!!!

Vicki Key

May 26, 2013

On behalf of his former classmates at Dreux American High School in France, our sincere condolences!

Vicki Key
Class of '67
Dreux American HS, France
Lubbock, TX

May 17, 2013

At Penn State, Terry's band was it. They rocked The Brewery like no one else and on Saturday nights back then Terry always made sure the band was on a break when The Blues Brothers (Belushi and Akroyd) were up on SNL. I used to buy him a beer as we just watched and Terry would laugh so hard when Akroyd was sliding on his back playing the harmonica. I hope I told him how much the crowd loved his music. His passing and the passing of those times are hard to believe. RIP Terry. Regards to his friends and family. - A Penn State fan.

PeggySue Majewski

March 18, 2013

So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. I met him in the mid-70s when I had the privilege to sing Angel From Montgomery with Tahoka Freeway before I gave up singing miked. May your good memories carry you, and many blessings upon Terry as he embarks on his next big adventure.