Gary Leroy Whitson, Sr., age 75, of Chesapeake, Virginia passed away peacefully at home on September 21, 2020. Gary was born on January 17, 1945, in Kingsport, Tennessee to LeRoy Whitson Jr. and Faye Lillie Lewis Horne.
Gary joined and served in the US Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis at an early age. He worked as a Disc Jockey “DJ” and master printer throughout his life in the Tidewater area of Virginia.
He is survived by his children; Gary L Whitson Jr, Christine E Whitson Peters, and son-in-law Scott W Peters
Grandchildren; Ryan C Peters, Joseph L Peters, and Crystal A Cazier
Great-grandchildren; Adelynn R Peters, Lydia H Peters, and Holt Peters
He is survived by his siblings; Karen Whitson Brown Blanchard, Donald Ray Whitson, foster sister; Judy Anderson and sister-in-law; Brinda Hall Horn
Nephews and Niece; Theodore Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Christopher Whitson, Carole Whitson, and their children Coral Brown, Amberley Ailstock, and Tyler Whitson
Closest friends; Jimmy Downing, Mike McClure, and Ivy Simmons
He was predeceased by ex-wife/children's mother; Ruby Scellato Whitson Outten, Parents; Faye Lillie Lewis Horne and Leroy Whitson Jr, Stepfather; Robert M Horne, Foster parents; Walton Fanshaw Sr. and Helen Fanshaw, Foster brother; “Buddy” Walton Fanshaw Jr
Gary will always be remembered as a witty, cantankerous, patriotic man who loved his country. He was a proud US Air Force Veteran and was sentimental about the Vietnam War. He'll be remembered as a loving father to his children Gary Jr and Christine. His son will treasure the memories of building and flying model airplanes, playing basketball, golfing with friends, fishing in their boat, and shooting pool on weekends. They were best friends and had a special father and son bond. His daughter has fond memories of him teaching her how to fish as a child. Recently, they shared their love and knowledge for painting on canvas. She now uses the easel that he gave her two years ago. Also, He was especially close to his grandson Ryan. He enjoyed teaching Ryan to fish & play golf when he was young. Then, later he taught him how to paint landscapes the Bob Ross way. Grandpa shared his love of records, music, and enjoyed telling stories of his youth. Also, I must mention he was blessed to have the affection of his and Jr's pet birds Daisy, Peep, and Willie that brought him joy and companionship over the last few years.
He loved watching sports especially the Washington Redskins and NY Yankees. His favorite pastime was riding motorcycles which he bought several over the years. He told us when he rode out in the country it made him feel free. His prized possession was a 30th Anniversary Chevy Camaro that was white with orange racing stripes. His other hobbies included building and flying model airplanes, shooting pool, playing golf, and saltwater fishing in his boat. He loved sitting in his recliner watching shows about the paranormal, universe, nature, and sports TV. Later in life, He enjoyed observing birds in his yard and learning to oil paint. He discovered that he was a talented oil painter and was inspired by watching Bob Ross. He loved painting beautiful landscapes and sharing them with family and friends. If you have one of his paintings, then you were treasured by him.
Gary enjoyed listening to music and collected records from an early age. His musical knowledge was genius about musical genres, artists, albums, songs, and music trivia. You could ask him about any song that came on and he knew it! His favorite era was the 50’s and 60’s, R&B Soul, Doo-Wop, and Motown. His nicknames were The Hitman and/or The Wolfman and he was well known in the community as one of the best Disc Jockeys in the Area. He loved playing the best night clubs starting in the ’60s and into the renowned era of Disco. He could keep a dance floor packed all night long. Gary was talented in mixing records by blending the songs beats perfectly. Also, He was a performer and impersonated The Blues Brothers, Elvis, Tina Turner, and many other music artists. He also worked as a master printer throughout his life. Creating complex four-color work on a huge printing press long before technology made it easy.
He was an honest man who treasured his family, friends, and lived life with the motto “treat others the way you want to be treated.”
His graveside memorial will be announced later this year and held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia.
Gary will be missed by the many people who loved him, but he’ll never be forgotten. He is now at peace and in heaven because he believed in God and was saved by our Redeemer and Lord Jesus Christ.
In lieu of flowers, contributions will be appreciated for his funeral arrangements. Please call Family Choice to donate.