Benny Whitlock seeks 4th Ward seat on Democrat ticket

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bennet "Benny" Whitlock, 66, of 907 S. Locust St., is seeking the Fourth Ward Greencastle City Council seat on the Democrat ticket in the May 5 city primary election.

Born in 1948 in Greencastle to Edward and Anna Mae Whitlock, he was raised in Putnam County, attending Roachdale Elementary School up to the fifth grade when the family moved to Bainbridge and he finished his education there, graduating from Bainbridge High School in 1967.

He married wife Sarah in 1968 and they have been happily married for 46 years, the candidate said.

"We have made our home in Greencastle for 34 years on Locust Street."

The Whitlocks have three daughters, all of whom graduated form Greencastle High School -- Carrie and her husband Doug Hansel, Emily and her husband Brian Miller and Kristie and her boyfriend Ryan Lee. They have seven grandchildren, four girls and three boys.

Whitlock worked at Lobel-Emery for 13 years as a machine operator, set-up man, security guard and foreman before retiring in 1991.

He has also worked at the Indiana Boys' School for nine years and then 19 years at the Reception Diagnostic Center in Plainfield as a correctional officer before retiring.

Whitlock has also owned and rented property in Greencastle and has been a Free and Accepted Mason and a Shrine for 24 years.

His hobbies include fixing bikes and mowers and reselling them. He also enjoys flea markets and yard sales and attending auctions.

The Whitlocks operated a licensed home day care in Greencastle for about a dozen years.

Wife Sarah is a member of the Store House Church. She is retired from Putnam County Hospital and enjoys family, the grandchildren, church and several hobbies like spinning, weaving, quilting, knitting and crafts.

"If elected, I will be honest, fair, follow the laws and try my best to serve the people in the Fourth Ward area," Whitlock promised.