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Richard Lee Whaley, 83, of Dothan AL, passed away Monday, November 5, 2012 at Westside Terrace. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home, Dothan AL. Graveside military services will be held 1 pm Friday, November 16, 2012 at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton GA with Sunset Funeral Home directing. Mr. Whaley was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 22, 1928 to Alfred Byron ("AB") Whaley and Georgia Ann Knifong. He was a June 1946 graduate of Central High School, Kansas City, MO. and attended the University of Kansas City. He enlisted in the United States Army where he served with occupational forces from September 1946 until March 1948 where he received the Army Occupational Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was recalled to the United States Air Force Reserve to serve in Korea with his discharge in February 1953. He married Marion Louise Crosby on August 18, 1950. They had two daughters: Sandra Whaley Boring (Robert Neal), and Cynthia Whaley Dodson (Dale). He was employed at Trans World Airlines (TWA) holding many positions in the Accounting field from February 1953 until 1961. He joined the Audit staff in 1961 for JCPenney in Kansas City MO. His assignments with JCPenney took him from Missouri to Iowa, Illinois, and Georgia. He was a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Chicago Chapter. His last position held was Comptroller and Operations Manager for the Plaza Las Americas store in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He retired, after 27 years of service, December 31, 1988 moving to Eufaula AL. Retirement years were spent traveling in an RV with his wife, Marion, and their Dobermans sightseeing and visiting friends. Mr. Whaley enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. Survivors include his bride of 62 years, Marion, daughters, Sandy and Cindy, son in laws, Neal and Dale, granddaughter, Tami Lee (Stephen), great grandsons, Caleb Stephen and Elijah James, nieces Vicki Lynn Pinney, Kansas City, MO, Julie Dewitte Crosby, Palm Harbor FL and nephew, Richard Lemuel Crosby, Kansas City, MO and grand pets, Jaydee, Pete and Rosie. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Best Friends, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741 or your favorite Humane Society. Robert Byrd of Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home (334) 983-6604 www.SunsetMemorialPark.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 9, 2012
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