Rev. William Allen Whisenhunt
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The Reverend William Allen Whisenhunt died peacefully at home on January 28, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Eugene and Louise Moody Whisenhunt and his brother, Harry Fredrick Whisenhunt. He leaves behind as witness to his love, his wife of 51 years, Nancy; his daughter Laura and her husband, Marc; his grandsons, Alex and Hunter, all of whom gave him much happiness. He is also survived by his brother, James Daniel Whisenhunt and his wife MeAnn of Charleston, SC and his sister, Ann Whisenhunt and her spouse Sarah Carawan of Asheville, NC.
Bill was born in Waynesville, NC on September 18, 1949 and then moved with his family to Hickory, NC in 1964. He graduated in 1971 from Lenoir Rhyne University. After earning a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology, University of the South in 1985, he began his life service to the Episcopal Church as rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Newton NC. In 1991, he moved to Asheville, NC to serve as Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina with The Rt. Rev. Robert Johnson and as priest in charge of St. Matthias Episcopal Church. He began serving as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville, NC in 1999 and retired in 2010. In 2012 he was presented with the Dubose Award for Service at the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN.
In retirement his time was spent enjoying sailing on Lake Julian and sharing time with his family, especially his grandsons. Bill was a man of warmth and humor. You could always count on him for a hug when needed. We are grateful for his life with us and we rejoice that he has gone to God.
A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church (60 Church Street, Asheville, NC) at 11 am on Saturday, February 5. Face masks are required and the service will be streamed live on the church website (www.trinityasheville.org). Bill's family will greet friends in the church's Tuton Hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, gifts of remembrance may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church.
Groce Funeral Home's Lake Julian team is assisting the family and a guest register is available online via Bill's obituary page at www.grocefuneralhome.com.