John Wesley Whitton, 73, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at his home in Dunnellon.
He was born Dec. 26, 1938 to William Wesley Whitton and Lena Luttrell Whitton, in Felicia.
He spent his career as a heavy equipment operator. Gifted with a "green thumb" he spent countless hours working in his flowers and garden. He loved fishing and riding the back-roads of his childhood with good friend, Kenny Townsend. He also loved going to north Florida to fish with his sisters or any grandchild that happened to be around.
Survivors include son, William Wesley Whitton, of Dunnellon; two daughters, Becky W. (Hubert) Wilkerson of Natchitoches, La., Sheila W. (Scott) Lachney of Dunnellon,; seven grandchildren, Justin and Samantha Whitton, Kelsey (James) Ivy, Matthew and Luke Wilkerson, Elliot and Allison Lachney; two sisters, Judy (Dwight) Walker of White Springs, Lena Mae (James) Barnes of Inverness and a number of nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Law Whitton; his parents, William Wesley and Lena Luttrell Whitton; a brother, Buster Whitton and a sister, Mary Storey.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, 8471 West Periwinkle Lane, Homosassa, FL 34446.