Ray Whitlock, 79, of Athens, died Monday morning, March 20, 2017, at his home.
He was a native and resident of Sweetwater, and a longtime resident of Athens. Ray was the son of the late Hobart Ray Whitlock and Versie Riddle Whitlock Martin. He was also preceded in death by one son, Greg Whitlock; one daughter, Kim Whitlock Altstatt; one sister, Janice Whitlock Jones; and two step-sisters, Meredith Martin Gray and Melinda Martin Pritchett.
Ray was a member of First Baptist Church of Niota, as well as a member of BPOE Lodge 1927 and VFW Post 5146. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Meridian Sun Lodge 50 F&AM. He was associated with TSSAA as a football and basketball official for 22 years. He served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 33 years, retiring as a captain, and served in the Tennessee National Guard for eight years. He graduated from Sweetwater High School, where he was an outstanding football and basketball player.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Jackson Whitlock of Athens; two granddaughters, Laura Kate Whitlock of Nashville, and Emily Ann Whitlock of Chattanooga; one step-grandson, Michael Altstatt of Athens; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Dorr Whitlock of Athens; one son-in-law, Bob Altstatt of Athens; one sister, Sharon Whitlock Young of Athens; one stepsister, Marilyn Atchley of Riceville; one brother-in-law, Sam Jones of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews, the Morning Pointe community and many special friends.
A funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, in the chapel of Smith Funeral & Cremation Services with Pastor Cullen Conner officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Lawson Breedlove, Marcus Guinn, Jeremy McNally, Jack King, Vic Whitlock, Butch Quillen, Bob McKee and Bob Whaley. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Kinser, Larry Wallace, John Milton, Bill Wilson, Joe White, Michael Altstatt, Lynn Whitlock and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the service.
The family has requested donations be made in Ray's name to Tri-County Center, P.O. Box 793, Athens, TN 37371-0793; or the American Cancer Society, c/o Faye Forgety, 120 County Rd. 447, Athens, TN 37303.
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Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is honored to serve the family of Ray Whitlock.