Dec. 4, 1937 - Dec. 7, 2012
GREENSBORO - David Winslow Whittington, a native of Black Mountain, North Carolina, departed this life, on December 7, 2012, on the heels of his seventy-fifth birthday. He participated in life to the fullest, and is using his trademark sense of humor to entertain friends in his heavenly home.
He was a 1955 graduate of Stephens Lee High School in Asheville, North Carolina. The son of Minnie Rachel Jane Stepp Whittington and George Winslow Whittington of Black Mountain, North Carolina, David was the second of nine children, whose births spanned 23 years. His childhood home became an unofficial community landmark, or gathering place for all of the kids in the Cragmont neighborhood. In his youth, David was known as a fun-loving, charismatic maverick.
From modest beginnings, David built an initial career out of almost nothing. A self-taught gourmet, in his early years he worked as a short order cook. He created Southern fixings like beef stroganoff and banana pudding from scratch. He was also a trained master mechanic. He was employed at Northeast Ford, a division of Ford Motor Company, and later owned a small automotive detail business, "Dave's Automotive & Mechanic Shop," in southeast Washington, D.C. In recent years, he was employed by Allied Barton Security Services in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he provided security at the U.S. Trust.
David was very outgoing and possessed a jolly, easy-going personality. His effervescent presence could fill a room and his vivid one-liners would leave you laughing uncontrollably. Because of his outgoing nature David met no stranger. Co-workers loved him. The women at his gym (young and old) loved him. Everyone from executives to janitors in the building where he worked respected him. When you met him it was hard not to be partial to him.
He was the father of seven children who became the pride and joy of his existence. He carried "brag albums" with him in the glove compartment of his truck, to flaunt photos of his children to friends, co-workers and anyone who would listen. Whether he was boasting about one daughter's repeat visits to private White House dinners, another's appearance in magazines, or a son's musical or artistic ability, he was most proud of his children's accomplishments - large or small. He was also known to play his children and grandchildren's birth dates as lottery numbers. Never one to forget a birthday, he'd always send a card, followed up with a call to say, "I love you." He'd also let you know that your birth numbers didn't hit.
David pulled himself up by his bootstraps and, in the end, triumphed over many personal life battles. He reached out and developed an enduring relationship with a daughter, Tina, that he met for the first time when she was in her 40s. He also single-handedly raised his youngest son, Andre. He spent the final decade of his life continuing to bond, rekindle and strengthen relationships with each of his seven children - who each have inherited a unique part of his soul and character. Many possess his superb culinary skills, others inherited his quick-wit, and all seven received his innate industrious resilience.
With fond memories in their hearts, surviving children are: David Thomas of Washington, DC; Regina-Lynch Bivens (Courtland) of Roswell, Georgia; Dwain Lynch of Black Mountain, North Carolina; Sheba Whittington Ram of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Tina Pickett of Decatur, Alabama; Nina Whittington-Cooper (Frank) of Larchmont, New York; and, Andre Whittington of Greensboro, North Carolina. He leaves to mourn ten grandchildren, DeAngelo Brooks; Briana Izquierdo; Alana Ram; Nigel Lynch; Maxwell Winslow Whittington-Cooper; Kennedy Whittington-Cooper; Andrew Pickett; Melanie Pickett; Percy Pickett; Christina Pickett; and, two great-grandchildren. Beloved siblings are: Lila Carter; Willie "Bill" Whittington; Leona Whittington; Virginia "Kat" Dubose (Robert); Leslie Whittington (Jennifer); and, Keith Whittington (Emily). His sister Sharyn, and brother George, preceded him in passing. Cherished nieces and nephews are: Jonathan Carter; Toi Carter; Wendell "Wex" Carter; Kirsten Dubose; Ryan Dubose; Tiffany Whittington; and, Chancelor Whittington. Funny stories and good times will never be forgotten by special friends like Jasper Warren and John Harold Keeter. David was blessed with a large extended family, and friends too numerous to mention.
David continued living with zest and humor until his final days. He told his family, "Well, I guess the doctors are going to tell me whether I should be preparing to purchase a mansion or a pine box." Mere days before his death, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC, he gathered a group of nurses to show off treasured family photos on his iPad.
In remembrance of David, memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday December 14, 2012, at Mills Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Herbert Grant officiating. The family will receive friends a half hour before the service at the church. Following the service, David's ashes will be sprinkled at his parents' gravesites in Oak Grove Cemetery in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at: http://rayandallenfuneralservice.com/