DAPHNE Natalie Coleman Holliman Whatley departed this life on Sunday, March 14th, after a lengthy illness. Born in Selma on March 4, 1942, she was the only child of William Harper Holliman and Mary Tisdale Coleman Holliman of Uniontown. She grew up in Uniontown and attended the local schools. A member of the Uniontown Presbyterian Church in her early life, after her marriage in 1968 to Edward P. Whatley, Jr., of Greensboro, she was confirmed and spent the remainder of her life a devout Episcopalian and Anglican.
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Natalie and her new family resided at "Woodland" at Havana Jct. She was the mother of two sons, Edward Pasteur Whatley, III, and Seaborn Jones Thornton Whatley, II. Later in life, she moved to Daphne.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her elder son, Edward. She is survived by her other son, Seaborn, by her grandson, Seaborn Jones Thornton Whatley, III, by Edward P. Whatley, Jr., and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She graduated from Livingston College (now UWA) and later received her Master's Degree from the University of Alabama. She taught a variety of subjects including history, government, biology, and chemistry. She began her teaching career at Hardaway High School in Columbus, GA, and later taught at Hale County High School, at Greensboro High School, and at Bayside Academy in Fairhope.
She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority at the University of Alabama and of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional teacher organization. She was a member of the UDC and the DAR. She volunteered as docent at the Museum of Mobile. She was active in church, social, and civic organizations throughout her life. She was a devoted mother and a superb cook and hostess. She studied Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern cooking through adult education courses at the University of Alabama. She enjoyed life and often stepped "outside the box", even taking a brick laying course at the trade school in Greensboro. With an ante-bellum home, she, of necessity, became adept in plastering and basic carpentry. She loved gardening and kept her table supplied with fresh fruits and vegetables and her home with cut flowers. She was an excellent seamstress and made many of the clothes her children wore. For many years, she and her family served as Host Family to international students who were studying at the University of Alabama.
A memorial Service will be held at 11:00 on Tuesday, March 23rd, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greensboro. Her ashes will be placed in the Whatley Family Cemetery at Woodland.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 905 Church Street, Greensboro, AL 36744, to The Uniontown Presbyterian Church, c/o The Rev. George McKee, Watkins Dr., Faunsdale, AL 36738, or to the Hale County EMS, P.O. Box 398, Greensboro, AL 36744.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Mar. 17, 2010