Bernard Walker “Bernie” Whitsett
- was the son of Fred Whitsett (1895-1973) and Dorthula Thacker
(1904-2005) of Brown Summit, Guilford County, North Carolina.
He was a direct descendant of Alfred and Rebecca Whitsett, former
slaves of James and Alfred Whitsett of Rockingham County, NC.
He was born 12 December 1940 in Brown Summit. Bernard
W. Whitsett was a commissioned officer with the 82nd Airborne
Division and served two tours in Vietnam. He retired from
the military after twenty years and spent another twenty years
in Civil Service. He was a member of The Buffalo Soldiers,
an organization dedicated to the memory of African-American
veterans, and the Dark Horse Motor Cycle Club. Bernard
died on 23 August 2006 at the Sacred Journey Hospice, McDonough,
Georgia. He left a wife, Eudora Holland, three sons and
three daughters and three grandchildren.