Hoyt Wayne Wilhite

Hoyt Wayne Wilhite

ROCKWELL - Mr. Hoyt Wayne Wilhite, 68, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury.

Mr. Wilhite was born April 15, 1945 in Elberton, Ga. He was a son of the late Robert Clayton Wilhite and Della Lou McConnell Wilhite. He was retired as an automobile mechanic. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served in the Vietnam War including two tours of duty and was a recipient of a Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars. Hoyt was a member of Second Baptist Church in Kannapolis. He loved to go fishing and enjoyed working on cars. He also enjoyed cooking on his grill for family gatherings.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Horace and Wilton Wilhite.

Mr. Wilhite is survived by his wife, Shirley Lois Vernon Wilhite; two daughters, Donna Scoggins and husband Gary of Kannapolis and Kelly Denise Wilhite of Salisbury; son, Hoyt W. "Chuck" Wilhite and wife Frances of Charlotte; sister, Ruth W. Morgan of China Grove; brother, Carlton Wilhite of China Grove; seven grandchildren, Landon, Blake, Haley, Chase and Carley Wilhite, Lacie Keene and Brandon Meece; and four great-grandchildren, Ally and Jaylce and Emma and Lily.

Service:A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Gary Scoggins, son-in-law, will officiate. Interment with military funeral honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove.

Visitation: The family will receive friends and family from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at Lady's Funeral Home.

Memorials:Memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

"Thank you, Dad, for the strength that you have given this family. We thank you for the love, guidance and knowledge of life that you have given to each of us. You are always in our hearts."

Remembrances may be sent to the family at www.ladysfuneralhome.com. Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Wilhite.

Published in Salisbury Post on Oct. 27, 2013