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Horace "Ed" Edward Whitacre

August 9, 1933 ~ March 19, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Horace "Ed" Whitacre Obituary

     Horace Edward Whitacre, 90, of Currie, passed peacefully from his earthly life at home early Tuesday morning, March 19, 2024.

    Horace was born August 9, 1933 in Wayne County, Michigan, the son of Arthur James Whitacre and Reba England Whitacre. In addition to his parents, Horace was preceded in death by his five brothers, Ted Whitacre, Gilbert Whitacre, Walt Whitacre, Fred Whitacre, and Sanford Whitacre; daughter,Lydia Anne Whitacre.

    Horace is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Saralou; daughter, Meri Battles (Rick); son,David Whitacre (Melina); grandchildren, Justin Freeman (Crystal), Robert Meaux, Angela Meaux, Heather Meaux, Blandena Villanueva (Miguel), Steven Whitacre (Whitney), Ricky Price, Olivia Price, and Robbie Price; twenty-one great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; multiple nieces, nephews, and friends.

   Horace was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, uncle and brother who loved and cared for his family. He was a Korean War Veteran, with a deep love of family, faith, and country. His knowledge and wisdom often served as a guide to those around him.

  Horace’s greatest joys in life were his family, working as an aeronautical engineer in the NASA space program for 54 years, laughter, sailing, photography, painting, traveling, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations. He lived a long life filled with love and family, service to other and gratitude.

  In respect of his wishes, there will be no service. He left this message to his family and friends with the hope of bringing comfort upon his passing.


                                                                “Do not fret that you find here - No stone to mark a grave

                                                                 I am here beside you - As I always have been

                                                                 I am in the soil beneath your feet - And in the wind across your face

                                                                 I am in the sound of life - And in the brightness of a spring day

                                                                 All that I ever was, is what you made me - Now God has taken me home

                                                                 And my world is his world - And with the Lord I will walk beside you always

                                                                 Reach out your hand and touch life - And feel the soft touch that comes back.”
                                                                                                                                  - Horace “Ed” Whitacre

     Shared memories and condolences may be sent to the family at   

     A service of Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel.




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