“Celebrating Life’s Stories” is the 2018 theme for National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW), formerly known as National Nursing Home Week. Today we honor George Wilhite.
George Wilhite was born in Junction City in 1941. He grew up in a family with three sisters and himself. He never married or had kids, but spent lots of time with family who visit him still to this day. He enjoyed visits from his nephews who came most recently. He enjoyed his job working at Ephraim McDowell for a great period of time. He worked in the kitchen, in maintenance, and on the floor at times. Likewise, in his words “I knew quite a bit about doctoring as well.” He describes helping doctors put casts on patients among other things. His favorite part was working in the ER.
As a hobby he enjoyed hunting groundhogs and restoring old cars. He recalls a favorite 1972 Chevy that “had four on the floor”. His fastest car he remembers was a 55 Chevy with naugahyde bucket seats. He liked the race it out on Knob Lick. He says he would pull up next to his victim and simply tell them “when you ready let her out.” He also enjoyed a drag strip in Nicholasville but said they called them “hot cars” not drag cars. He also enjoyed helping others fix their cars and especially people that were in a time of need fix their car as well.