Terry Emmett Whittington died peacefully while resting at Reid Hospital on November 27th, 2021 in Richmond, Indiana at the age of 73. Terry is survived by his wife of 53 years Letha Jean “Weimer” Whittington, his children Mary (Greg) Chalfin of Indianapolis Indiana, Thomas Whittington of Hollansburg Ohio, Rebecca Whittington of Battlement Mesa Colorado and Sharli Phillips of Hollansburg Ohio and his eleven grandchildren (Donald & Zachery Delarwelle, Elijah & Micah Cohan, Kye Whittington, Keenan, Aiden & Asher Strauss, Maggie & Johnny Phillips and Marc Hopkins). Terry is also survived by his sisters Sherri Burge & Dixie Whittington and brothers Herman (Lynn) Whittington and Darrin (Carla) Whittington. He is preceded in death by his parents Emmett Herman and JoAnn “Truitt” Whittington and his daughter Jacquelyn Whittington. Terry was born on February 28th, 1948 in Richmond Indiana. He graduated from Westmont High School in 1966 and married his high school sweetheart Letha Jean “Weimer” Whittington in 1968. Terry grew up playing sports which he excelled at and loved, most notably being his high school baseball career as a star pitcher with major league potential. His heart however lay in Darke County working in the family business with his father, a pioneer in the poultry transportation industry. He later became owner of Whittington Produce where he employed and mentored many local kids and young adults teaching them work ethics and life skills. His children remember him as a dedicated father who encouraged them to work hard to achieve their goals.
Terry was an accomplished businessman and worked to instill a strong work ethic in everyone around him. He was an active and dedicated member of the Ft Jefferson UMC and could be found on Sunday mornings surrounded by his grandchildren and various adopted others in the last row of the sanctuary.
Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday December 1st from 6 – 8pm at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville Ohio. Funeral will be held on Thursday December 2nd at the Ft Jefferson UMC 3856 Church Street, Greenville, Ohio, starting with a visitation at 11am and services at noon. Burial will follow immediately after at Hollansburg Cemetery. Friends and family are welcome to attend and celebrate Terry’s life. The family would like to thank Reid Hospital staff and everyone that helped support Terry and his family through his illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ft Jefferson UMC and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com