William Victor Whetstone Jr. DENMARK - William Victor Whetstone, Jr., 83, died at his residence March 6, 2014, after a brief illness. Mr. Whetstone was born August 2, 1930, in Denmark where he was a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late William Victor Whetstone, Sr. and Betty Whetstone. Mr. Whetstone is survived by his wife, Johnette; two daughters, Caroline (Joey) Lott of Blackville, and Julie (John) Clark of Mount Pleasant; two stepdaughters, Genni Dickey of Charleston, and Ashley Dickey of Moncks Corner. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Josh Lott (fiancee, Brittany Ridgeway) of Blackville, Brittany (Josh) Lott Bolen of Elgin, Julien Clark of Mt. Pleasant, Joseph Clark of Mt. Pleasant, and Jonah Wallace of Charleston; and one great-grandchild, William Bolen. He is survived by his nephew, Randy (Laura) Carlson of Denmark; great nephews, Brian R. Carlson, Craig W. (Karla) Carlson and Jason G. Carlson. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary W. Carlson. Mr. Whetstone attended Denmark High School and was a member of the Beta Club. He attended Clemson and was a member of the Pershing Rifles Drill Platoon and Best-Drilled Company. Vic was an avid Clemson fan and supporter, having been a member of IPTAY since 1955. Vic entered his radio profession as an announcer in 1955 at WBAW in Barnwell. He became manager of WWBD in Bamberg in 1959 and owner in 1961. Vic was always a promoter of Bamberg County, offering the radio station WWBD as the voice of the people to use as their station, providing entertainment and fun activities. He was active in Bamberg County organizations most of his adult life, promoting county growth and unity. He was an organizer and board member of the County Chamber of Commerce and selected Bamberg County Citizen of the Year in 1977. He was one of the organizers of the Bamberg County Economic Development Commission, an active member for 13 years, and chairman for 10 years. Vic assisted in the creation and development of the Bamberg County Industrial Site and Airport on Highway 78 between Bamberg and Denmark. He served on the Mission Committee of Christ Episcopal Church in Denmark. He was a member of Bethel Park United Methodist Church in Denmark and worked with the Witness Committee. Vic served on the board of directors of Jefferson Davis Academy in Blackville, SC, for 16 years and as chairman 13 years. After his second retirement in radio, Vic joined the Times and Democrat newspaper as a Denmark area correspondent in 1999, reported primarily on city council and school board meetings, and events involving the city for nine years. He was awarded the Times and Democrat Impact Reporting Award four times. Vic will be remembered as always having a positive attitude and a sense of humor. The family will receive friends Sunday, March 9th, from 2:00 3:30 p.m. at Bethel Park United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. at the church, with burial to follow in Denmark Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a
. Mercer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. (803) 793-4211
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Published in The State on Mar. 8, 2014
Mercer Funeral Home - Denmark
17536 Heritage Highway Post Office Box 341 Denmark, SC 29042