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WHITLEY, Ray RAY WHITLEY SONGWRITER FOR THE TAMS Robert Ray Whitley, better known as Ray Whitley, passed away on Sunday, May 5, following several months of illness. Ray was born in Columbus, Georgia, November 22, 1943, to Robert S. and Willie Bell Whitley. Ray was a successful singer, songwriter and performer in Atlanta during the 60's and 70's, making the Billboard Charts many times with songs he wrote which were performed by the well known group, The Tams. He also wrote for singers Joe South, Billy Joe Royal and Tommy Rowe. A member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Ray was probably best known for his songs, "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am", "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" and "Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me". His songs are still played around the world today. Ray is survived by his son Christopher, his sister Jane Whitley Jenssen, and his brother, Donnie Whitley. A memorial service for Ray will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in the Chapel of Little & Davenport Funeral Home in Gainesville, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Good News at Noon, 979 Davis Street, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. Those wishing to make online condolences may do so at www.littledavenport.com. Little & Davenport Funeral Home 355 Dawsonville Hwy., Gainesville, GA 30501 is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 14, 2013
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