Dorothy Whittinghill Rhinehardt, 93, of Wake Forest, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Dot, as she was known by family and close friends, was born in Hardinsburg, Ky., on Feb. 11, 1920, to the late Emmett and Ruth Whittinghill.
She is survived by three sisters, Esther Pearson of Memphis, Tenn., Dell Sparks of San Antonio, Texas, and Evelyn Benge of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Cindy Estes of Wake Forest and son, Bob Rhinehardt and wife Kim of Apex; six grandchildren, Todd Estes of Youngsville; William Rhinehardt, and Jennifer Brown and husband Jason of Holly Springs; Leslie Horton and husband Rob of Louisburg; Graham Rhinehardt and wife Allie of Holly Springs; and Ashley Rhinehardt of Apex; twelve great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Dot is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, William A. Rhinehardt; siblings Doris Coleman, Ida Stone, Ed Whittinghill, Graham Whittinghill, and Albert Whittinghill; son-in-law Jimmie Estes, and granddaughter-in-law Karen Estes.
Dot spent most of her life in Durham, moving to Wake Forest in 2006. She was an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church. She was past president of United Methodist Women, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for over 40 years. She served as Secretary for Church Women United for many years.
She served on the Human Relations council in Durham during and after the Civil Rights movement. Dot never knew a stranger and always did everything she could to help anyone in need.
A celebration of her life will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham, at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec 12. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the service. A private burial will be held at Maplewood Cemetery.