Mark Wayne "T-Bone" Willhoit
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Mark Wayne Willhoit, "T-Bone", age 56, was born to Tom and Vernetta Willhoit on June 14, 1957, in Springfield, MO. He was diagnosed Tuesday, June 18th, with Adenocarcinoma. He died peacefully in his home on Friday, June 21st, surrounded by his dog Peggy, his family and close friends.
He grew up in Theodosia and West Plains, Missouri, before moving to Springfield where he graduated Glendale High School in 1975. He worked passionately at his landscaping profession designing and building unique outdoor scapes, patios, and rock walls.
Mark was an extremely talented musician. Although well known for the harmonica, Mark also played the fiddle, mandolin and other instruments. He played with local bands including Supe and the Sandwiches, Stag Owens and the Stagaroos, and vocalist/keyboard artist Howard Gayles, as well as many others. Mark also co-wrote a song, entitled " Don't try to score on I-44", with Howie & the Hillcats. T-Bone and other musicians traveled annually to Winfield, KS, to participate in the the National Flat Picking Festival. Mark touched many lives, and formed lifelong friendships along the way. He was a loving brother, a devoted son, and a great friend to many. He will be greatly missed by his family and those that knew him.
Survivors include his Mother, Vernetta Crawford, Brother, Michael Willhoit and wife Lisa, Sisters, Sherryl Willhoit, Merry Carmichael, and husband Jim, and 4 Step Sisters, Jackie Apperson, Barbara Pruett, Peggy Thomas, Brett Crawford and Step Brother-in-law, Joe Jensen. Funeral arrangements by Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home, 4500 S. Lone Pine, Springfield, MO. 417-887-1929
Published in the News-Leader on June 23, 2013