Mattie Shearin Whitley went home to be with her Lord on Friday, February 21, 2014. She was born on September 14, 1932 at home in the Aventon Community to Herman J. Shearin and Nancy T. Shearin. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Charles Henry Whitley, Sr. and a great grandson, Ayden Brooks Jones.
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She graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in childhood education and taught for many years at Benvenue Elementary in Rocky Mount, and later at N.E.W. Christian Academy in Sharpsburg.
She was a longtime member of Sunset Avenue Baptist Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School and being a part of the Women's Bible Fellowship Group.
She is survived by her son, Charles Henry Whitley, Jr. and wife Vicki, her daughter Yvonne Jones and husband Calvin, and son Darrell Whitley and wife Mollie. She leaves behind to cherish memories at grandmother's house her precious grandchildren, Dana Lynch, husband Mike, Jeremy Jones, wife Lindsay, Brittany Rudisill, husband John, Dane Whitley, Taylor Whitley, Derek Whitley, Cari Owens, husband Blayne, Lydia Jones, and Joshua Whitley along with six great-grandchildren, Wesley Lynch, Collen Jones, Cora Lynch, Nolan Rudisill, Charlotte Jones and Adrian Owens.
Also surviving are her brothers, Tommy Shearin from Johnson City, TN, Dan Shearin and wife Gerry from Cary, NC and sister, Harriet Griffin and husband Tommy from Aventon, NC, a god-daughter Rebecca Mullinax and many other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends and relatives 7:00pm-8:30pm Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home. A service to remember Mattie will be held at 2:00pm Monday, February 24, 2014 at Sunset Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Roberson and Rev. Kip Vinson officiating. Burial will follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Sunset Avenue Baptist Church, 3732 Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804.
The family would like to thank her special caregivers, Eloise Haywood, Sharon Bandy, Wilma Enroughty, and Credell Jones for their love and compassion shown to her during her illness.
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.
Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home - Rocky Mount
1130 N. Winstead Ave
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on Feb. 23, 2014