Clinton Otterbine Whitesel, 83, of Richmond, passed away Thursday morning, January 28, 2010, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond.
He was born in Ashland, Ky., on September 10, 1926, to the late Russell A. and Beatrice M. (Clinebell) Whitesel, and was preceded in death by his wife, Sara (Maffett) Whitesel. He was an Army veteran of WWII and a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Mr. Whitesel was an icon of the Madison County Business Community as owner of the Richmond Sign Company, and his unique hand-lettered works could be seen throughout the area. Many long-time residents may fondly recall his annual tradition decades ago of painting beautiful Christmas scenes on the windows of downtown store fronts, or remember hours of bowling at Maroon Lanes between two huge murals of Kentucky landscapes, which he painted.
He was an avid fisherman and lover of the outdoors. He also created a large body of fine watercolor paintings using local rural landscapes for subject matter.
In addition to his commercial and fine art skills, Mr. Whitesel was also a self-taught master jazz drummer, able to coax an extraordinary range of sounds from his drums with an unmatched, efficient ease.
He is survived by three daughters, Suzanne Hawley of Richmond, Carolyn Whitesel of St. Peters, IN, and Melissa Bryan (Norm) of Clinton, SC; one granddaughter, Michelle Buck (Andy) of Lexington; one brother, Russell “Buddy” Whitesel of Hopewell VA. He also leaves his caregivers and friends, Joel Vanderkolk and the staff of Comfort Keepers, Barbara Anderson, Armina Mullikin, Bernice Abrams, Debbie Parker, Libby Ogilvie and Gracie Scuffle.
Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2010, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Dr. Betsy Goehrig officiating. Burial will follow at the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Gary Hamilton, Steve Maffett, Andy Buck, Alan Jones, Joel Vanderkolk and George Ridings.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.