Stephen Doss Whanger

White Sulphur Springs-Stephen Doss Whanger, 59, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at home.

He was born July 10, 1960, in the Abbott Clinic in White Sulphur Springs, son of Clarice J. Wylie Whanger and the late William Lee Whanger.

Stephen Whanger attended DeVry University in Columbus, OH, 1978 to 1981, obtaining a degree in electronics technology. He moved to Northern Virginia in 1982 and worked for Amtrak in Washington, DC, as an Electrical Locomotive Technician for 35 years. His coworkers admired and trusted his skills at repairing complicated equipment and he was very dedicated to his craft.

He recently moved back to White Sulphur Springs due to failing health.

Stephen enjoyed hunting and fishing, tinkering with electronics and old clocks, and was an avid reader. He was particularly interested in reading U.S. history and world events. Stephen loved a challenge and could repair just about anything. If he was unfamiliar with a machine or device, he would research and study manuals until he figured it out. He was a beloved son and brother and was a kind and gentle man and he will be greatly missed.

Stephen is survived by mother, Clarice Wylie Whanger Barker; sister, Cherie Whanger Davenport of Bridgeport;  four brothers, William L. Whanger, II (wife Gabriele) of Wurzburg, Germany, Larry B. Whanger (wife Susan) of Richmond, VA,  Kerry L. Whanger (wife Tina) of Lewisburg, and Brian Shane Whanger of White Sulphur Springs;   five nieces, Kristin, Whitney, Jamie, Kara and Jennifer and three nephews: Jason, Adam, and Joshua; and many great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, William Lee Whanger,  stepfather, Harry C. Barker, previously of Bridgeport; paternal grandparents, William Henry Whanger and Annie B. Carter Whanger; maternal grandparents, Madison Boyd Wylie and Samary Elizabeth Myers Wylie;  and one aunt and three uncles, Marguerite Jane Wylie Booska, Madison Boyd Wylie, Jr., Ned Wilburn Wylie, and Sonne Charles Wylie.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 16, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel in White Sulphur Springs, where Rev. Steve Grimes officiated. Interment followed in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg.

The family received friends for visitation at the funeral home before the service.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs is in charge of arrangements.

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