James W. Wilhoite

Jan. 8, 1937

July 14, 2013

James W. Wilhoite, 76, passed away in Ennis on Sunday, July 14, 2013.

James was born in Ennis on Jan. 8, 1937, to O.D. and Ethel (Lewis) Wilhoite. He grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School in 1955. He went on to attend Navarro College.

On Dec. 19, 1958, he married Barbara Wooten and they have been lifetime residents of Ennis. He served his country proudly in the United States Army in Germany from 1956 until 1958.

He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for nine years as a fireman, for American National Insurance for more than 20 years as an agent and served as the Veterans Administration Service Officer for Ellis County from 1987 until 2012.

He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Ennis, VFW and the Ennis Jaycees. He enjoyed golf and all sports especially those in and around Ennis.

He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Barbara Wilhoite of Ennis; son, Tony Wilhoite and his wife, Teresa of Ennis; one daughter, Teresa McCarthy and her husband, Dan of Waxahachie; five grandchildren: Hillary Laza, Drew Wilhoite, Jeremy Novotny, Trevor Wilhoite and Tori Wilhoite; two great-grandchildren: Hannah and Brady Laza; along with one sister, Iva Dee Collins of Ennis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, two sisters and his father-in-law, Marvin (Bud) Wooten.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Ennis, 1200 Country Club Road in Ennis, with the Rev. Todd Gray and the Rev. Richard Moody officiating. Interment will follow in Myrtle Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.