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Wayne “Sonny” Whitmire Sr., 83 of Avon Park, Florida passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 in Winter Haven, Florida. Born to Cecil and Iva (Sanders) Whitmire in Brevard, North Carolina, Wayne moved to Avon Park in 1958, becoming the founder of Whitmire Air Conditioning. He was a veteran who proudly served in the United States Air Force, whose joy in life was his loving family, fishing, gardening and his many friends.

Wayne leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Dee Whitmire of Avon Park, Florida; daughter, Kathy Norfleet of Purlear, North Carolina; sons, Spencer (Stephanie) Whitmire and Steve Whitmire, both of Avon Park, Florida; brothers, Jerry (Betty) Whitmire and Joe (Karole) Whitmire, both of Brevard, North Carolina; sister, Betty (Bob) Delwiche of Hendersonville, North Carolina; and three grandchildren. Wayne was preceded in death by both parents and a sister, Lois Veshears.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Stephenson Nelson Funeral Home in Avon Park, Florida with a graveside service to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Bougainvillea Cemetery, Avon Park, Florida. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Madison Ball, 4600 Park Road Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28209.

Services entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, 111 E. Circle St., Avon Park, FL 33825. Online condolences may be left at www.stephensonnelsonfh.com

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