Richard Odell “Dick” Whittington, 74, of Wilkesboro, passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem.
Mr. Whittington was born Oct. 14, 1945, in Wilkes County to Odell Whittington Jr. and Grace Dean Rhodes Whittington. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Old Reddies River Cemetery, 2628 North Old Hwy. 16, Millers Creek, with the Rev. Stephanie Parker officiating. A viewing for the public will be held from 3-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Reba Hawkins Whittington, of the home; a sister, Susan Whittington of North Wilkesboro; an uncle, Van Hubert (Maxine) Whittington of North Wilkesboro; an aunt, Martha S. Whittington of Wilkesboro; and several cousins.
For 24 years, Dick worked at Holly Farms in the Transportation Service Center and in plant safety. Later he was self-employed in various careers: auto restoration, farming, real estate, auctioneering and appraisals. He served over 20 years as a volunteer firefighter and Wilkes Rescue Squad member, as well as an N.C. fire service instructor. He was also on the Transportation Technologies Advisory Board of Wilkes Community College.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, North Wilkesboro Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), National Corvette Restorers Society (1997 Member of the Year), life member of the National Corvette Museum, National Auctioneers Association, N.C. Auctioneers Association, N.C. Angus Association and N.C. and Wilkes County Cattlemen Associations.
The family requests no flowers or food.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 95, Wilkesboro, N.C., 28697; Reddies River Baptist Church Cemetery, Ann Greene, Friendly Grove Church Road, Millers Creek, N.C., 28651; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.
Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.