John Franklin Whitlock

john whitlock

June 22, 1949 ~ October 30, 2022

Born in: Moore County, NC
Resided in: Moore County, NC

John Franklin Whitlock, age 73 a lifelong resident of Carthage passed away Sunday morning at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. 

A native of Moore County he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) and Josephine Boyte Whitlock. John graduated from Union Pines High School and was a volunteer EMT with the Carthage Rescue Squad for several years. He worked as a dispatcher for the Moore County Sheriff Department early in life. He worked for 24 years as a plant operator for Carthage Water Plant and retired from Moore County Schools, New Century Middle School as a custodian. 

John loved having breakfast with his friends and has always had a love for trains, old cars and mowing his property. 

He was preceded in death by his sister Beth Whitlock Spangler and husband Kenneth G. Spangler (Moose) of Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joy Maness Whitlock; daughter Jill McInnis and husband Scott McInnis of Carthage; son Joe Whitlock and wife Amanda Whitlock of Carthage; sister Nancy Centner and husband Ron Centner of Pinehurst; grandchildren Stephen McInnis and wife Salea McInnis, Rebekah McInnis and fiancé Campbell Kirk, Kyleigh Whitlock and Kasey Whitlock and sister-in-law Gale Enloe of Robbins along with many nieces and nephews. 

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be at 3:00 PM Tuesday at Awake Church in Carthage with son-in-law Pastor Scott McInnis officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 2:00 PM. Family and friends are welcome to visit at the residence of Joe and Amanda. 

Memorials may be made to: Awake Church, P.O. Box 664, Carthage, NC 28327. 

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Services entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home. 



Visitation: November 1, 2022 2:00 pm

Awake Church
4915 US-15/501
Carthage, NC 28327

(910) 783-4059

Memorial Service: November 1, 2022 3:00 pm

Awake Church
4915 US-15/501
Carthage, NC 28327

(910) 783-4059

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  1. Prayers for his family!! He was always nice each time we saw him!! Read John chapter 3 and John 14 for comfort!!!

  2. I enjoy our times of fellowship and eating some breakfast together. My dad like John also he would always ask how he was doing. Now they are enjoying heaven together. My the Lord Jesus Christ comfort you in your time of loss.

  3. Eddie and I are so sad to hear of John’s passing. Eddie went all the way through school with John and worked with him when they were teenagers at A & P. Always thought a lot of him. Prayers for the family.
    Sincerely Eddie and Vetres Livengood

  4. Sincere sympathy to Joy, Jill and family and Joe and family. John was a neighborhood friend and a classmate all through school. John was involved in community work as an adult, was well know by many and enjoyed conversations with friends. He will be missed. Praying for God’s peace and comfort for the family.
    With prayers and sympathy.

  5. Our most sincere sympathy to the family Knew John when I was an ER nurse in the 70’s and he was EMT on Carthage rescue 301 He attended our church with his family and Scott was our minister for a time. He was always supportive and had a good heart towards the patients and all he knew. He was a Christian man so sorry to hear of his passing. Arles and Bradie Taylor Carthage NC

  6. To all the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Enjoyed talking with John about old stuff and Moore County history.

  7. Joy, Jill, and Joe, my heart was heavy when I read this morning that John had passed. Working in the water industry for years connected me with John. I always enjoyed all his conversations and stories. He was truly connected to Carthage, and I will miss seeing him in his mustang at the parade. The last time I had a long conversation with John was at the 100 years of Progress. Ironically, this event will be this weekend. I will not be able to attend the funeral, but all of you will be in my heart. I think so much of Scott, and I think it is wonderful he will be sharing the Lords message with all of the people gathered to celebrate Johns wonderful life.

  8. Joy, I was saddened when I heard of John’s passing. He was a Godly man and will be missed by everyone that knew him. He is now with out Heavenly father. God be with you as you go through these hard times.

  9. I just received this saddend news. On behalf of me & Patti, we are so sorry to the Whitlock family. Our prayers are with you and John. I had the occassion to work with John and we became friends. I’m sorry I didn’t stay in touch. He was a great man and a better farther.
    Prayers and thoughts,
    Lou & Patti Abbondanzio

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