TWIN FALLS • Terry Ray Whitlock, 62, of Twin Falls passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at his home in Twin Falls.
Terry was born Nov. 17, 1950, in Boise, Idaho, the son of Violet and Monroe Whitlock. He grew up in and attended grade school at Edwards Air Force Base in California, after which he moved with his family to Evreux, France, for two years. Terry’s father was then transferred to Lakenheath AFB, England, where Terry graduated from high school. He returned to the United States and joined the U.S. Army, serving his duty in Germany, after which time he returned to New Jersey to be with his family. It was in New Jersey that Terry met and married Susan Cannon in 1974, and the couple lived on the Jersey Shore.
Terry had a great passion for music, especially singing and playing the guitar, and this love led him to form the band, Tahoka Freeway. The band performed for a number of years and went on to record and play for many venues throughout the eastern United States. Following the band’s disbursement, Terry and a friend built their own fishing boat and spent many hours on the open sea. He also worked for a commercial fishing company for several years. Terry liked to travel and spent time in St. Croix and Puerto Rico. He returned to the United States and worked for a pool and spa company and, in 1993, moved to Idaho to be near his family.
In Idaho, Terry worked for Basterrechea Trucking, Star Construction and Volco Building Supply. His final employment was with Ferguson Water Works. Terry liked to serve his community and was an active member of the Twin Falls Masonic Lodge and also the Magic Valley Wishing Star Foundation. All through his time in Idaho, he played and sang for events throughout southern Idaho.
Terry is survived by his mother, Violet Whitlock of Twin Falls; and his brother, Monroe Jr., also of Twin Falls. He was preceded in death by his father, Monroe Sr.
The funeral for Terry will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave. E. in Twin Falls, with Pastor Dale Metzger officiating and military honors by the Magic Valley Honor Guard and Idaho National Guard and Masonic rites by the Twin Falls Masonic Lodge No. 45 AF and AM. At Terry’s request, there will be no public viewing. Burial will follow at Wendell Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in Terry’s name to the Magic Valley Wishing Star Foundation. Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff or mailed to Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls, ID 83303.
Services are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at Reynolds Funeral Chapel in Twin Falls. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.