He was born May 20, 1944, at Brushy Run and was the son of the late Charles Roy Whetzel and Ina Gladys Kimble Whetzel.
Mr. Whetzel had done construction work and worked in the body shop at Kline Motor Sales.
He was a past member of the Franklin Vol. Fire Dept. and was a member of the Brushy Run Church of God.
On Dec. 30, 1963, he married Margaret Joan Raines Whetzel, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Crystal Whetzel of Petersburg and Melanie Kretzschmar (Jamey) of Crooks, South Dakota; a son, Trevor Whetzel (Trina) of Harrisonburg, Virginia; three sisters, Ina Shirley Kile and Bonnie Rexrode, both of Petersburg, and Frances Ruddle (Randy) of Franklin; three brothers, Cletus Whetzel (Sandra) of Stoney Beach, Maryland, Paul Whetzel (Mildred) of Petersburg and Gary Whetzel (Rose) of Bridgewater, Virginia; six grandchildren, Logan Willis (Tabitha), Caleb Willis, Lindsey Stewart (Sean), Kyle Kretzschmar (Shelby), Tanner Whetzel (Jada) and Taylor Whetzel; three great-grandchildren, Tripp, Memphis and Aria; four step-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by triplet granddaughters.
A funeral service was held Jan. 6 in the Kimble Funeral Home chapel in Franklin with Bishop Philip Marcum and Rev. Trevor Whetzel officiating. Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.
Memorials may be made to the Brushy Run Church of God, 185 Woodlawn Drive, Petersburg, WV 26847 or the Upper Tract Rescue Squad, PO Box 42, Upper Tract, WV 26866.
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