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Way-Watson Funeral Home
Friday October 1st, 2021
12:00pm - 6:00pm

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Mauk Cemetery
Saturday October 2nd, 2021

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Willard Whitley

Mr. Willard Benson Whitley, 79, of Plains, GA, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Phoebe-Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA. A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Mauk Cemetery with Rev. David Chapman officiating. Friends may visit with Mr. Whitley on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 12:00PM-6:00PM at Way-Watson Funeral Home.

Mr. Whitley was born in Mauk, GA, on May 16, 1942, to Cecil Whitley and Marjorie Pike Whitley. He was employed with Cessna Aircraft as a supervisor for 20 years before his retirement. Mr. Whitley enjoyed gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a hard worker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Eric Steven Whitley, a daughter-in-law, Lanae Cook Whitley, a sister, Anne Stubbs, and a brother-in-law, Raymond Simmons.

He is survived by his wife, Lenora Whitley of Plains, GA; by a son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Jan Whitley of Buena Vista, GA; by a brother, Terry and Myra Whitley of Mauk, GA; a sister, Helen Simmons of Mauk, GA; by his grandchildren, Chris Whitley (Chasatie), Ashley Whitley, and Ansley Whitley; and a great-grandchild, Mia Whitley. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mauk Cemetery Fund, 138 Ga Hwy 127W, Mauk, GA, 31058.

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Tony so sorry for your loss.Mr.Eli and your mom were so good to let us kids play at y'all's house and our back yard. Prayers pamela Barbaree

Pamela Barbaree Oct 4 2021 12:00 AM

He was one in a million. I love him and Ms. Whitley as my own family.. He will forever hold a special place in my heart. I'm praying for Ms. Whitley and the family.

Amy Buchanan Oct 1 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss..Prayers and sympathy for the family. Tricia and Avery Ammons

Tricia and Avery Ammons Oct 1 2021 12:00 AM

Love and prayers. So sorry for your loss.

Bernice Grier McCall Oct 1 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willard Whitley

John and Debby Ford Oct 1 2021 12:00 AM

My most sincere condolences to Eli's family! I have so many memories but this one is pretty special: I can still hear you say to me when I had a headache and I quote, "With a head like that it oughta hurt"! You "always" knew what to say to me to make me laugh or smile when I was having a rough day. You were such a good friend and teacher and my heart is breaking for your family and your friends...I will miss you my dear, dear friend...love you...Rest in Peace

Alesia Barnes Oct 1 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry for your he will truly be missed .prayers for the family Elsie and Lanette Weaver

Elsie Weaver Oct 1 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willard Whitley

Donna Davis Sep 30 2021 12:00 AM

Eli was a hard working man. He was one of my favorite ppl st Cessna I used to love his tomatoes I have yet found anyone that can beat his and another favorite memory is when he would come to work and tell me"It's going to rain today, the chickens were on the porch this morning" he was country as they come and so down to earth. Terry, keeping you and family in my prayers Rest In Peace Eli

Brenda ogle Sep 30 2021 12:00 AM

Sending love and prayers to all the Whitley Family. So sorry for your loss.

joyce Hagler Sep 30 2021 12:00 AM

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