Warren County resident and native John Carl “Johnny” Whitlock Sr., 81, died Aug. 1 at River Park Hospital after a short illness.
The son of the late O.H. and Evelyn Hancock Whitlock, he was the retired owner/ operator of Whitlock Feed Mill in the Centertown community and was a member of Arlington Church of Christ. He was born Oct. 23, 1929 in the Crisp Springs area and went to grammar school at Grange Hall in a one-room log house, and high school at McMinnville Central. He then attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1947. He joined his father in the produce and feed business in McMinnville. In addition, he farmed and ran several gas stations and restaurants. In 1967, he started managing Centertown Feed Mill and ran it until 1991 when he retired. His community involvement includes serving as alderman and vice mayor of McMinnville, commissioner of Warren County Election Board, officer in the Warren County Republican Party, and a member of the Jaycees. He was a fan of the UT Vols and Atlanta Braves and also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Golden Whitlock, son and daughter-in-law John and Cynthia Whitlock of Knoxville, brother and sister-in-law Edwin and Louise Whitlock of McMinnville, sister and brother-in-law Nancy Hallene and Jimmy Spangler of Murfreesboro, sisters-in-law Henrietta Mayberry of Huntsville, Ala., and Alice Cantrell of McMinnville, brothers-in-law Newton Gribble of Cookeville and Austin Golden of McMinnville, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Faye and N.B. Stiles, Stella and Paul Grissom, and Nelta and Don Cantrell, all of McMinnville, and Edwin and Joyce Golden of Tishomingo, Ms., several nieces and nephews including special niece and husband Jennifer and Jimmy West of McMinnville, and great-niece Lacey West of Nashville.
Funeral service was Thursday at High’s Chapel with Wayne Cantrell officiating. Burial followed at Mt. View Cemetery.
High Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 5, 2011