Raymond Ward McWhirt, 55, Wabash, died at 4:45 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016, at his home. He was born May 1, 1961, in New Orleans, La. to James Edwin McWhirt, Jr.and Lucy (DeGelder) Copeland.
Raymond worked for Falls Cemetery the past seven years, was a mechanic and handyman to many, and also was a self-employed house painter in Ala. He loved sitting around campfires with his family and friends, his three dogs: Bubba, Bouncer, and Snickers, riding his scooter, and playing the guitar. Raymond took great pride in all his work. Raymond enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.
He is survived by his father: James Edwin McWhirt, Jr., Sims; fiance: Lisa Shanabarger, Wabash; three children: Zackrey (Melissa) McWhirt, Trussville, Ala.; Kayla Rae McWhirt, Indianapolis; and Tabatha McWhirt, Marion; five grandchildren; and his brother: Floyd McWhirt, Laketon. He was preceded in death by his mother: Lucy Copeland; and his brother: Eugene Dewey.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, with Chaplain Herb Hughs officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday.