CHETOPA — Pastor Raymond H. Whetstone, 80, of Chetopa passed away at 1:28 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.
He was born on Aug. 3, 1940, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Ben R. and Verla (Leftwich) Whetstone. He grew up in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and graduated from Raytown High School. He attended Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar, Missouri, where he earned an associate of arts degree. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He later received a master of Bible theology from the International Bible Seminary in Orlando, Florida.
Raymond preached his first sermon in February 1961 and was first licensed to the gospel ministry on July 2, 1962, by the Lakeland Baptist Church of Sunrise Beach, Missouri. He was ordained to the gospel ministry on Aug. 5, 1965, by the Linn Creek Baptist Church in Linn Creek, Missouri. Over the past 59 years, Raymond has pastored churches in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. He also preached revivals in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Trinidad, West Indies and mission trips in Vera Cruse, Mexico and the Indian reservation at Macey, Nebraska. He was the founding and current pastor of Faith Victory Church in Chetopa.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing.
Raymond was a member of the Independent Assemblies Ministry and the Chetopa Ministerial Alliance.
Raymond and Nancy Overman were married on April 26, 1985, in Norman, Arkansas. She survives of the home.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Whetstone of the home; six sons, Eric Schertz of St. Louis, Missouri, Joshua Schertz of Miami, Oklahoma, David Schertz of Chetopa, Raymond Lee Whetstone of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Benjamin R. Whetstone of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jonathan Whetstone of Chetopa; three daughters, Teresa Whetstone of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Portia Avery of Chetopa and Mary Whetstone of Woodward, Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren; and a sister, Carol Durr of Chetopa.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.
Memorials are suggested to the Gideons International. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS, 67336.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.