Second Corinthians 5:8 says, “We are fully confident and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”
Jack Doyle Wilhoit, child of Dennis and Bessie Wilhoit, grew up in Limestone Tennessee and attended Washington College Academy. Upon graduation in 1942, he entered the military service where he trained in communications. Jack was assigned to the 569th Signal Core, attached to the 69th Infantry Division and served with the 69th on the link-up with the Russian Army at the Elbe River in Germany. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he was employed by United Airlines for 36 years. He retired November 1, 1981.
Jack, a faithful Christian and member of Trinity Baptist Church, Jonesborough, served as Deacon for several years. He also served previously as Elder in the Alliance Church in Deltona, Florida. He was a member of the American Legion Kings Mountain post #24 of Johnson City.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Norris Wilhoit, and brothers, Bill, Roger, Dennis, Howard and Kenneth. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Freda Ricker Wilhoit, three sons, John Wilhoit (Sandra)of Pleasanton, CA, Stephen Wilhoit of Johnson City, Tim Wilhoit (Cheryl Jeter), Louisville, KY, and stepdaughter, Donna Rose Matthews (Roger) of Knoxville, eight grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.
Jack dearly loved his family, his church, music, UT VOLS and his beloved pet Shih Tzu, Cody.
We would like to express our appreciation to Betty Coffey, Larry VerRan and Carol & Ward Hilemon for their unending love and support.
Funeral services will be held 3:00pm, Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Trinity Baptist Church, 260 Headtown Rd, Jonesborough, with Dr. Mark Harrod officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-3 pm prior to the service.
The committal graveside military service will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Trinity Baptist Church Music Program.
Condolences may be sent to the Wilhoit family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821