Fred H. Whisman, 89, moved to Heaven while holding the love of his life’s hand Friday morning, Sept. 29, 2017, at The Wexford House.
He was born in Marion, Va., the first son of Howard and Virginia York Whisman.
He married “his girl” on Oct. 5, 1951, and they were six days away from celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary.
He loved his Lord, his family, and his country. He joined the United States Air Force in 1950 and served in active duty for three years. He spent the next several years serving his Lord as a pastor in several churches in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.
Whisman completed his career as an accountant at the Church of God Publishing House in Cleveland. He was a member of the North Cleveland Church of God and the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland.
Some of his fondest memories were serving as a chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol. He began his service in 1973 and retired from his post in 1989 as a first lieutenant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: Jack Whisman, Jim Whisman, and David Whisman: nephew, Mark Whisman: and a niece, Becky (Whisman) Scherer.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Winegar Whisman; brothers: Harold Whisman (Dee) of Owosso, Mich., Paul Whisman (Donna) of Bluff City, Curtis Whisman (Teresa) of Henderson, Nev.; one sister, Shirley Whisman Peake (Emmett) of Radford, Va.; sister-in-law, Marie Whisman Schaar of Owosso; and a host of nieces, nephews and cherished friends he has made over the years.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 11 a.m. to noon with a funeral to follow in the Bradley’s Funeral Home Chapel in Marion with Dr. Dennis McGuire officiating.
Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery with full military honors being rendered by the Francis Marion V.F.W. Post 4667.
The family extends appreciation to the staff at The Wexford House for extending quality care along with love and compassion to Fred for the past year and to Wellmont Hospice for helping his final days to be embraced by peace.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Kingsport Meals on Wheels 301 Louis St., Suite 201, Kingsport, TN 37660 or Smoky Mountain Children’s Home 449 McCarn Circle, Sevierville, TN 37862.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.bradleysfh.com.
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