WHITECOTTON, Louis W., was entered into Heaven on September 28, 2012. He was predeceased by his daughter, Cindy, with whom he will surely be reunited.
Lou was born in Wheeling to Ruth E. Whitecotton and the late Lester Whitecotton, Jr. on September 27, 1944.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Sharon (Susi), his daughter, Patricia (Dennis) Henderson of Valley Grove, and his son Douglas (Mary) Whitecotton, of Cadiz, Ohio. He is survived by his wonderful grandchildren, Jared and Kayla Henderson. Also surviving are his mother, Ruth E. Whitecotton and his brother, Paul (Gail) Whitecotton of Bethlehem with whom he was very close.
Lou was a 30-year employee of Verizon and retired in 2001. He taught his children by example, the value of hard work.
Lou was a proud member of the Elm Grove United Methodist Church having served in many capacities. Before he became ill, he served as a Trustee, served on the Administrative Council, a greeter, an usher, a money counter, and a member of the Methodist Men. He also valued the appearance of the church and volunteered weekly with his friend, Don Stoflinsky, to maintain the church grounds. Lou loved his church and his church family. Lou was a former member of the Dallas Lions Club and maintained membership in the Lewis Wetzel Rifle and Pistol Club. Lou served Bridge Street School as Boosters' President and treasurer and volunteered at bingo every Tuesday night for 9 years.
Lou and Susi were married in 1965 and were true soul mates. Their love for each other never faltered, and they took care of each other.
Lou's fondest memories were interactions with his children. He had a ball coaching both daughters in softball and, even after they were done, he coached a pigtail team for years with his daughter Cindy. He loved watching Doug play football from flag football through Bethany College, and they would replay each game the next day. He especially loved hearing Doug's sermons when he, a Lay Minister, would substitute for his minister. Lou was blessed with the spouses of his children, Dennis and Mary. Dennis could and did fix anything and everything and never hesitated to help. Mary made him the best bread pudding he ever ate.
For years until Byron Moss's retirement, Lou enjoyed helping at his dairy farm, working with him and Dale Dougherty. Patty worked side-by-side with them and raised Genetic heifers. Lou was a proud father watching her show her animals and about burst with pride when she won grand champion showmanship. Lou loved playing cards and so enjoyed our weekly card games with Barney, Dale, Rose and Sharlene. He especially enjoyed Jared's playing with us. They came every week to play cards with Lou and never quit coming all through his illness offering support and encouragement. Lou was an avid woodworker.
He stressed the value of a good education and worked hard to insure that all three children were college graduates. He was so proud that both grandchildren are pursuing a college degree.
The lights of his life were his grandchildren, Jared and Kayla. He and Jared played golf, fished, and hunted together. A proud day was the day Jared bested him in golf. He looked forward to watching Kayla dance, and she always had a one-armed hand stand in her routine just for Grandpa because she knew he looked forward to it.
The family is very grateful for the visits, cards, and calls for Lou. They meant so much.
Friends will be received Sunday September 30, 2012 from noon to 3 and 6-8 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger St, Elm Grove, Wheeling, WV (304-242-2311). A service will be held Monday, October 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Elm Grove United Methodist Church, with Reverend Bryan D. Carpenter officiating. Interment in Stone Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lou's memory to Elm Grove United Methodist Church, 125 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV 26003. Personal condolences may be made to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.