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David Lynn Whitenton
  • January 09, 1942
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  • October 30, 2021

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David Lynn Whitenton passed away peacefully on October 30,2021, in The Villages, FL after an extended illness. His loving family was at his side as he went home to the Lord. He was 79 years old.
David was born on January 9,1942, to Marvin and Daisy Belle (McIntosh) Whitenton of Hickory, Kentucky. He grew up in Hickory where he was predeceased by his grandparents, parents, his older brother, Ralph Hilton Whitenton and sister in-law, Sally of Mayfield, KY and Daniel Whitenton, his nephew. David was a life-long member of Hickory Baptist Church where he attended for many years with his parents and brother as well as his beloved Aunt Opal and Uncle Ben Holland. He loved spending time with his Aunt Ruby and Uncle Carlos in Hickory along with his paternal grandparents and friends there.
David was a 1961 graduate of Mayfield High School; he attended Murray State University. David married Linda (LeVin) on January 28, 1967 in Paducah, KY; they raised two loving sons, David Scott and John Wesley (Wes). David worked primarily in retail sales and managed mens’ clothing stores in Paducah, KY and Corinth, MS from 1963 – 1987. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, David’s favorite job was selling furniture at Maas Brothers in St. Petersburg, FL, where he lived with Linda and Wes. In 1994, David and Linda returned to Corinth, Mississippi; he retired from the purchasing department at Magnolia Regional Health Center five years later due to chronic heart failure.
In 1999, David returned to FL with Linda; he lived in the Destin/Niceville area until 2013 when he returned once again to Murray, KY to spend quality time with his brother, Hilton and family, until Hilton passed away in 2015.
David retired to The Villages in 2017; he resumed his lifelong love for golf, having made seven holes-in- one throughout his many years of golfing on championship courses with his friends and his sons. David’s other passion was duck hunting. He enjoyed many years hunting in KY and TN with his father in-law, Ed LeVin, his nephews and sons. Along with great conversation, David’s other passion was good food; he enjoyed exchanging recipes with Wes and cookbooks with his long-time KY friend, Ann Massey, of The Villages. David was also an avid fan of the UK Wildcats and the PGA Masters Tournament; he loved dancing and listening to blues, bluegrass and gospel music.
David is survived by his dedicated wife of 54 years, Linda; his son David Scott and Lisa (Wroten) and grandsons, Noah and Gage of Orlando, FL; son John Wesley (Wes), grandson Landon, and granddaughter Kaydin, of Seminole, FL. His sons and grandchildren were his greatest treasures.
He is also survived by his precious nephew, Will and niece Melissa/Missi (Gargus) Whitenton of Mayfield, KY; his nephew, Steve and niece, Sherry (Whitenton) Huff; brother in-law, Jeffrey; sister in-law, Barb (Westpfal) LeVin; brother in-law, Rick and Melodee (LeVin) Fish; brother in-law and sister in-law, Scott and Laurie (LeVin) Chappell and many great and great-great nephews and nieces. He will be missed by his Bichon companion, Beauregard (Beau).
A private memorial service was held on November 4, 2021, in The Villages at Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society with Pastor Keith Koppenhoffer of Hope Lutheran Church, presiding with music and hymns performed by Mr. Ken Wood. A graveside service was conducted on November 12 at Marshall County Memory Gardens in Benton, KY with Brothers Keith Allred, Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church and David Gargus (retired) presiding.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to the compassionate care of Dr. F. Michael, Heidi Mitts, RN Case Mgr. and staff at Vitas Healthcare; Dr. M. Hussein and staff at the Florida Cancer Center and Dr. A. Ojha and his staff of The Villages Health. A special thanks goes to David’s neighbor and friend, Diane Cote for her loving care and support and to Ann Massey and her husband, John as well as many family friends and neighbors in The Villages.
Condolences may be sent to Baldwin Brothers at baldwincremation.com. In remembrance of David’s life, the family asks that any donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Feed the Children, or a charity of choice.


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