Asheville - Jack Willard Whitener, 90, of Asheville died peacefully on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center.
A longtime resident of Asheville, he was self-employed representing several companies in the Pulp and Paper industry throughout the southeastern United States.
Jack was educated at Badin High School, Fishburne Military School and North Carolina State University. He served as Second Lieutenant in the 75th Infantry Division Company "D" in the United States Army. He received the Purple Heart
for wounds he received as a result of enemy action in March, 1945 and was also awarded the Bronze Star
Medal with Company "D" for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in January, 1945 in Belgium. He was granted an Honorable Discharge from the US Army in July, 1946.
He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and Asheville Country Club where he was an avid golfer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jack Willard Whitener, Jr. Jack is survived by his wife, Sheilia "Shelly" Church Whitener and his children, Susan Parker, Pat Whitener, Mike Whitener and Janie Whitener. He is also survived by Shelly's children, Mike Rigsbee and Kim Rigsbee; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 3:00 PM, Monday, August 5, 2013 at Central United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Robert Blackburn, Jr. and Rev. Julie Wilburn-Peeler officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Lewis Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to Care Partners Hospice Foundation, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.
Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com