William J. Whatley

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Graveside service for William J. Whatley, 94, will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery. Mr. Whatley passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Robertsdale Health Care. Mr. Whatley was born on June 21, 1922 in Okla., where he spent his childhood. He spent seven years and 10 months in the U.S. Army, a year and a half of which he served as a medic in World War II. After the war he resided in Anniston for the majority of his life. He earned a BS degree in elementary education from Jacksonville State University and a MA degree in educational administration from George Peabody College. He was a teacher and administrator in Calhoun County and Anniston City Schools from which he retired after 34 years. Mr. Whatley was instrumental in developing the Head Start program for Calhoun County. Mr. Whatley was active in civic and professional organizations and was an active member of Colvin Street Church of Christ. Mr. Whatley is survived by his son, William Jack Jr., and wife Ivan; daughter, Jane Sanford Waite, and husband Berney. He was "Pa" to grandchildren, Stephanie Rynes, Holly Montgomery, Vickie Boykin, Benay Blume, Cheryl Allen and Berney Waite Jr; as well as to 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; he is also survived by his brother, Rex B. Whatley. He is preceded in death by his parents, Grover C. Whatley and Berta Z. Woodhill Whatley; his wife, Joyce Tuggle Whatley; brothers, Eugene Whatley, Wayne Whatley, Frank Whatley, G.C. Whatley and sister, Billye Louise Center. Mr. Whatley was proud of his military service, his career as an educator and his life as a follower of Jesus Christ. He and his late wife, Joyce, had a positive influence on many lives. Online condolences made at graybrownservice.com
Published in The Anniston Star on Jan. 27, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Gray Brown-Service Mortuary
1329 Wilmer Ave | Anniston, AL 362014651 | (256) 236-3441
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