Joseph Earl Wheatley (1930 - 2017)

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  • "Love you Uncle Joe and aunt There's."
    - Gary and Davis Barr
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Joseph Earl Wheatley, 87, of Bearwallow Road, Springfield, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at University of Louisville Hospital. Born Oct. 23, 1930, in Washington County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Earl and Marie Smith Wheatley, a brother, Albert Wheatley and five sisters, Corine Barr, Dottie Mattingly, Frankie Carrico, Virginia Smith and Sara Rita Mudd.
He was a lifelong farmer in Washington County, worked at Ford Motor Co. in Louisville as an assemblyman for 17 years and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Theresa Luckett Wheatley; two sons, Kevin Wheatley of Lawrenceburg and Mark Wheatley of Springfield; five daughters, Pam (Steve) Hill, Mary Jo (Gene) Nalley and Fran (Scott) Thompson all of Bardstown, Angela (Ricky) Elder of Cincinnati, Ohio and Marsha (Wayne) Mattingly of Celina, Texas; one brother, John R. Wheatley of Springfield; five sisters, Christine Blandford, Charlotte (Helem) Lewis and Nancy Elder all of Louisville, Lucy (Kenny) Hamilton and Marilyn (Jimmy Howard) Fenwick all of Springfield. Eleven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren also survive.
Visitation will be from 2 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, and again from 7 - 9 a.m. Thursday at Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Funeral mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fredericktown with Rev. Matthew Hardesty, Rev. Terry Bradshaw and Rev. Jack Caldwell officiating. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery with military honors rendered by Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren Ryan Hill, Richard Elder, Aaron Thompson, Joseph Thompson, Trent Mattingly, Evan Mattingly, Chase Mattingly and Anna Wheatley. Honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters Stephanie Hornback, Allison Stone and Erica Forst.
Contributions are suggested to Mass of the Air.
Arrangements were entrusted to Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home.
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Hale Polin Robinson Funeral Home
221 East Main Street
Springfield, KY 40069
(859) 336-3836
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Published in The Springfield Sun on Dec. 6, 2017
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