Kendall Ray Whitt passed away peacefully with the sounds of jazz playing in the background and loved ones by his side on November 25, 2023. Ray was born on April 17, 1936, in Burlington, NC to the late Garland Lee Whitt and Edith Irene Williams.
His wife, Annette Yvonne Taylor, entered his life when he returned to Burlington after leaving the Air Force and having had a successful career as a commercial photographer in California. His thoughts during this second phase of his life were of becoming a farmer, which were very short-lived. From that point forward, he wore many “hats” that led to great experiences and many more friends. After years of friendship, Ray eventually followed Annette to Wilmington, NC where she was attending college. Their lives together were full of a multitude of experiences, with him teaching her how to take a proper photograph and her teaching him the joys of being a naturalist. Both brought new and exciting aspects to each other’s lives.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Delores Odum, and his brother, Robert Whitt; both of California. Surviving is a half-sister, Linda Vigh, of Canada. Extended family members include Steve Dial and Robbie Barnes. Ray had many additional relatives and friends that were a part of his life. He had many stories to tell as he neared the end of his life and all of you were not far from his heart. To the end, he kept his drawing pens and paper close to his side. Always know that the three musketeers live on in spirit. A special thank you to Dr. Shetal Patel at UNCCH.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403.