March 2, 1941 ~ October 23, 2022 (age 81)
William Gary Whitmire passed away Sunday, October 23, 2022, at his residence in Dublin, Texas. He was 81 years old. Gary was born March 2, 1941, in Gorman, Texas to Ruby and Doyle ‘DaddyPop’ Whitmire. He attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christie, Texas, where he excelled in football and track and earned the nick name “Tracks.”
After high school, Gary returned to Sidney, Texas where he dated and then married Diane Cheatham in November 1963. They had three children, daughter Alynn, and sons Wade and Blake.
Gary worked his entire life as a heavy equipment operator and was a master at operating any and all types of equipment. While working for Fritz Construction he left his mark all over the Hill Country building tanks, dams, and roads, and also did demolition work. Gary loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors where he fished and hunted most his life. His favorite color was Caterpillar Yellow and vehicle by choice was a Dodge truck. He was a self-taught musician, playing guitar, harmonica and the accordion. He was a great dancer and had a love for the old country music stars, like Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, George Jones and Don Williams, just to name a few.
Gary was a very proud Grandad to 4 beautiful granddaughters. He was an avid Aggie football fan and was thrilled when his eldest granddaughter graduated from A&M. Whoop!
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Whitmire, mother, Ruby Richie and stepfather Lewis Richie. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Diane, sister Ann Oxley and husband Charles, brother Terrell Whitmire and wife Ruth, daughter Alynn Nance and husband Bret, Son, Wade Whitmire and wife TammyJo, and son Blake Whitmire. He is also survived by granddaughters Kristalyn and Ashlyn Nance, and Quincie and Rynn Whitmire.
A Memorial Service is set for November 5, 2022, at 2:00 pm at The Stephenville Funeral Home, Stephenville, Texas.