Ronald Wayne Whitson ’55, 78, of Whiteville, N.C., passed away peacefully March 18, 2012. He was the son of the late L.M. and Mildred Scoggins Whitson. Whitson received his undergraduate degree from Davidson and his doctor of dental surgery from UNC Chapel Hill. After graduation he served as a captain in the U.S. Army before establishing a 35-year practice in Whiteville. He was a longtime member First Baptist Church, Whiteville, where he was active in various aspects of the church. His civic involvement included BB&T directors and the Whiteville Civitan Club. After retirement he enjoyed the Romeo Club. Above all, Whitson was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His greatest pride was his four daughters, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Myers Whitson, 1214 Wheeler St., Whiteville, NC 28472-2241; daughters, Wendy Whitson (John Davis), Elaine Whitson Butler (W.C.), Christy Whitson Aley (Austin), and Sarah Whitson Healey (Hugh); grandchildren, Brisson Jones Wine (Stony), Jessie Jones Barnhart (Mike), Wescott Butler (Meaghan), Josh Butler (Joelle), Whitson Butler, Jack and Banks Aley, and Madeline and Liam Healey; and great-grandchildren, Zach and Matthew Silver, Bryce Butler, and Norah Wine.