Richard R. Whitener - In Loving Memorycontact : 615-443-3849
Richard Rulfs Whitener
11-24-61 – 5-17-2019
We are saddened with the passing of Richard Rulfs Whitener, 57, our friend, partner, and our colleague.
Richard was a founding partner in THW Insurance Services, LLC. (1999) and has been a licensed insurance agent since 1987.
Richard managed the commercial insurance division of the agency and was well known and respected among his colleagues, the companies he represented, his customers and his competitors.
Richard moved to Lebanon with his parents in 1980 soon after graduating from high school in Texas where he excelled in academics and sports. Richard, known for his sincere smile and engaging personality, hit the ground running here in the summer of 1980 as he easily made friends in the Lebanon community while getting involved with his family at First Baptist Church. He continued his education in the fall of 1980 at Middle Tennessee State University before finishing up at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville in 1986 while pursuing a degree in engineering.
He has been an active, long-time member of the Noon Rotary Club of Lebanon where he served as Commissioner of Lebanon's Dixie Youth baseball league and played a vital role in the effort of joining forces with the Lebanon Kiwanis Club Little League program, now known as Lebanon Youth Baseball.
Richard loved God, his family and considered his co-workers his family as well. Richard was an avid golfer and hunter. He loved dogs. He kept a toothpick in his wallet. He was a real, down-home, good natured, best-buddy kind of guy.
He is survived by his wife Kimmette Pruchniak-Whitener, his daughter Samantha (Jon) Tyree, step sons Philip (Stacey) Hackett and Brian (Melissa) Hackett. His mother, Betty Whitener, brother Lewis (Jennifer) Whitener, sister Carroll Lou Whitener (Bob) Campbell, brother Marvin Evans Whitener, and his loving grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, M. C. Whitener.
Visitation will be Monday May 20th at WestHaven Baptist Church from 4pm to 6pm with services at 6pm.