HOBGOOD, NC – William Joseph Whitehurst, age 82, passed away on November 4, 2022 at the home of his daughter in Rocky Mount, NC.
Mr. Whitehurst was born in Martin County, NC, on May 2, 1940 a son of the late William Batson Whitehurst and Nora Casper Whitehurst Stroud. William spent years farming in the Hobgood area until moving to the Tidewater area, working in the roofing business for over 30 years, moving back to Hobgood after he retired at age 63. He enjoyed many leisure activities including playing pool, working in his garden, fishing and cutting grass. William was a die hard Dale Earnhardt fan and loved anything Dale Earnhardt, as was evident by his Earnhardt collection.
Besides his parents, William was preceded in death by a son, William Joseph Whitehurst, Jr; and several of his siblings.
Left to cherish his memory are his five daughters, Billie Jo (Melvin) Lang of Rocky Mount, NC, Bobbie Jo Butler of Rocky Mount, NC, Bettie Jo (Ricky) Walker of Rocky Mount, NC, Tiffany Jean (Sterling) Crocker of Windsor, VA, and Tammy JoAnn Whitehurst of Rocky Mount, NC; nine grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Frances (Wayne) Futrell of Rich Square, NC; and a brother, Robert Earl (Jo) Whitehusrt of Lufkin, TX.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service~Letchworth Chapel, Scotland Neck, NC.
A celebration of life service will follow the visitation at 2:00 pm at the Hobgood Cemetery, Hobgood, NC, with Rev. Sandy Quinonez, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made directly to the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC, 27834 or online by clicking here
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service~Letchworth Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Whitehurst family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting letchworthsykesfs.com.