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THOMAS RODGERS “RODGER” WILHOIT, AGE 82

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Thomas Rodgers (Rodger) Wilhoit, age 82, of Crossville, joined the love of his life, Ruby Jean (Lee) Wilhoit and the Lord July 1, 2020.

He was born July 17, 1937 in Greeneville, Tennessee to the late Lessie Clyde and Mary “Elsie” (Ruble) Wilhoit. He was a very talented musician who played country and honkytonk music with his Band of Gold and recorded albums “Band of Gold” and “The Social World of Rodger Wilhoit.” The band even fronted for well-known artists of that time such as George (Jones) and Tammy (Wynette). He also won awards for his music and voice. In his later years he played mandolin in Bluegrass groups “The Sounds of Grass” and “Cumberland Mountain Boys.”

A member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, he was a kind, caring and generous man who loved all he met. He loved music, animals, traveling and working in his wood-working shop building birdhouses. He also enjoyed fishing, RV-ing and just sitting on his porch or by the fire with his (unofficial) adopted daughter Carla drinking cowboy coffee and talking about nothing and everything.

He is survived by daughter: Kim Wilhoit; stepsons: Roger Lee and Keith (Petra) Scarberry; brother: John Wilhoit; sister: Diane (Ronald) Smith; and many beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind dear friend and neighbor: Carla Cox; longtime friends: Darwin and Vicky Scarlett; his church family; his bluegrass family; many friends he loved dearly; and his constant companion, his cat: Tom-Tom (Thomas).

He was preceded in death by his parents: Lessie Clyde and Mary “Elsie” (Ruble) Wilhoit; wife: Ruby Jean (Lee) Wilhoit; sisters: Wanda Rader and Marilyn Pence; brothers: William and Mac Wilhoit; and step-daughter: Susan Thomas.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 3, 2020 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home, 2653 N. Main St., Crossville, TN. 38555 with visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. with services to follow.

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