Rev. Marcus Terrell Whitt, 42, of Waverly, Ohio, breathed his last breath on earth and his first breath in the presence of God at 3:55 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 6, 1972, in Chillicothe, Ohio, the son of Dennis and Cheryl (McCain) Whitt. On Sept. 11, 1999, he was united in marriage to the former Elizabeth Graham, who survives. His eyes sparkled a bit brighter when they welcomed their daughter, Olivia Grace Whitt, to the world in 2008.
Marcus is survived by his parents as well as his maternal grandmother, Savilla “Billie” McCain. Also surviving are his brother, Mick (Bethany) Whitt of Piketon; half-sister, Tammy Martin of Emporia, Kansas; and brothers-in-law, Dan (Suzi) Graham of Crowne Point, Indiana, and Matt (Ginny) Graham of Waverly; nieces, Haley, Deborah, Lydia, Emmilia and Raegan; nephews, Noah, Aden and Kolton; parents-in-law, James and Debbie Casto; as well as aunts, uncles, many cousins, friends and multiple church families.
Awaiting him in heaven were his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Dovie Whitt; his father-in-law, Danny Graham; and his maternal grandfather, Rev. James McCain.
Marcus was a 1990 graduate of Western High School, a 1994 graduate of Shawnee State University and a 2001 graduate of Ohio Christian University with a Bachelors of Arts in Leadership and Ministry. He was a voracious studier of the word of God, desiring to share all he could with others about how Jesus loved them. During his final months, it was Mark’s desire to reach out to as many as he could to encourage them to meet him in heaven one day.
Marcus was an ordained minister with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union since 1998 and pastored at Stockdale CCCU and Elmville CCCU. He most recently served as trustee and Adult Sunday School teacher at Morgantown CCCU, where he was a member. He served in many various positions throughout the CCCU South Central District and spent a great deal of his childhood attending and working at Nipgen Church Camp, where he met his wife.
For over 20 years, he worked at USEC plant in Piketon, Ohio, as a help-desk analyst and made many friends there, and in the regional plants at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Bethesda, Maryland. His computer knowledge and helpful demeanor made him an integral part of many projects there.
Marcus greatly enjoyed Southern Gospel music. He played the bass guitar in groups that traveled to various local churches to share God’s message through song. He also spent time traveling to see various groups and was blessed to travel one summer with Karen Peck and New River, who were dear friends.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Morgantown CCCU with Rev. Danny McCain and Rev. Mick Whitt officiating. Burial will follow in Washburn Cemetery, Byington, Ohio.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Boyer Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at Morgantown CCCU.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal