John Murray Wilhite, 88, of Marshall, died Friday, April 30, 2010, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Prairie Village, Kan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be in Hazel Grove Cemetery in Herndon. Memorials may be made to Hazel Grove Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born March 29, 1922, in Houstonia, he was the son of the late James Murray Wilhite and Eliza Ann Driskell Wilhite. He was a 1940 graduate of Sweet Springs High School, where he excelled in track, basketball and academics. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942, and served until the conclusion of World War II. After the war he returned to Marshall and, on Oct. 12, 1947, he married Josephine Pritchard, who survives of the home. He had lived in Marshall most of his life and was retired from International Shoe Company, where he was the long-time foreman of the lasting room until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of American Legion Post 191 in Marshall and New Salem Baptist Church at Marshall Junction.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by one daughter, Jo Elaine Smith and husband, Tracy, of Overland Park, Kan.; one son, Michael M. Wilhite and wife, Jo, of Overland Park, Kan.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Wilhite and Marvin Wilhite, and one nephew, Larry J. Wilhite.
Additional information provided per family recompense.