William Kent Whitlow

William Kent Whitlow

William Kent Whitlow

October 15, 2002-October 7, 2022

ZEBULON- William Kent Whitlow, 19, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 7, 2022.  He was born in Wake County, the son of Richard and Susan Whitlow.  William loved God and served Him in the Special Needs Ministry at Richland Creek Community Church (RCCC).  He also helped at the Food Pantry with his grandparents at their church (Hephzibah Baptist) and volunteered at JAM Camp there for several years.  William loved people and never met a stranger!  He spent many days with his best buddies, Cooper and Nate, their family, and friends, attending practices and games, eating dinner with them, watching football or hanging out.  They were his second family.  His friends in the College Ministry at RCCC were very special to him and he loved chatting with them online or going to lunch with them after church.  He loved every member of his extended family and loved talking with and spending time with them.  As a huge sports fan, William could tell you about games he had watched years ago.  He had the opportunity to attend games for various NC teams and his favorite games to go to were the Carolina Hurricanes.  His main goal for every Hurricanes game he attended was to get on the Jumbotron and on tv during the Intermission Report and he achieved that goal almost every time he went! William simply LOVED LIFE!!

William is survived by his parents, Richard and Susan Whitlow; brother, Matthew Whitlow; sister, Julia Mayor (Michael); nephew, Liam Mayor; grandparents, Bob and Nancy Rivinius, Ken and Deb Whitlow and Pam Nelson; uncle and aunt, Monty and Karen Lunt; cousins, Anna Lunt, Caroline Lunt, Casey Lunt, Ryan Lunt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in William’s name may be made to the Richland Creek Community Church Mission Fund, Wake Forest, NC, https://richlandcreek.com or Hephzibah Baptist Church JAM Camp scholarships, Wendell, NC, https://hbcwendell.com.

A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 4pm at Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest, NC.  Family will receive friends at 3pm at the church.

A live stream of the service will be available for those who can’t attend.  Copy and paste this link to your browser 15 minutes before the service starts: https://youtu.be/68vJ6XbnEOQ.

Because of William’s love of sports, we encourage service attenders to wear a t-shirt or jersey of their favorite sports team.  Some of William’s favorite teams were the Carolina Panthers, the Mudcats, NC State and most of all the Carolina Hurricanes.  Saturday would have been William’s birthday and he would have loved to spend it with those who loved him!

Arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell, NC  www.stricklandfuneral.com


  • MONTY LUNT Posted October 12, 2022 1:48 pm

    You are missed so much! You brought a smile to my face all the time. To be in your presence was just fun. I loved all your questions and your pure innocence. You treated people they way we should all treat each other. I am thrilled you finally now reside in a place of unconditional love, with overwhelming peace, joy and grace, and receiving all the love-filled hugs from your Heavenly Father you could ever want. It was such a joy and pleasure to have you visit us when you could. I will always treasure the fun times we had together. You are such a gift to the family. The whole family. By true heavenly angels at your side, you were escorted to the loving and grace-filled arms of Jesus. What an honor to know you and have you as a nephew!
    You will be missed until the end of time William!

  • Leon, Faith, Jordan and Jackson Clark Posted October 12, 2022 3:05 pm

    William was the first person to play with my son Jackson when we moved to the neighborhood a little over a year ago. I will never forget that my wife told me that the first question that he asked her was Do You Believe in God. He would always look after Jackson when they would be playing in the neighborhood. He would walk Jackson home when it was time for him to come home. Jackson’s last memory of William will be when they fist bumped the week prior and saying that I will see you later. Jackson is going to miss his buddy. Soar high William.

  • Dwayne Eury Posted October 12, 2022 7:40 pm

    Rich& Susan. I am very sorry for your loss. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • nelda j lockamy Posted October 13, 2022 8:51 am

    im so sorry you are going through this. i lost my son to a drunk driver at the age of 20/ thank you for his beautiful testimony. take comfort knowing you will see him again.. you dont have to get over it but God will go through it with you. if i can be of any help, im available

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