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Burial followed in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Whatley was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Pauls Valley, Okla. to Della Jones and Tom Whatley and died Dec. 31, 2012.
He joined the Merchant Marines at 16, and later served in the U.S. Army in World War II before being honorably-discharged as a Sergeant in 1952.
During his early business career, he worked for General Electric and the U.S. Government throughout Canada and North America, until returning to Texas to start several businesses with his brothers.
He married Thelma Johnson in 1958, and was a loving husband, and Godly example to his six children and seven grandchildren. Since 1966, he’s resided in Athens.
As one of the original real estate developers in the area surrounding Cedar Creek Lake, he developed several major properties, including what is now the City of Enchanted Oaks and the Pinnacle Club.
He was active in the title and abstract business in Henderson County for many years, and founded Lakeshore Utility Company, in which he was actively-involved until his death.
He will be remembered as a steadfast advocate, trusted advisor and generous supporter of family and friends, alike. Above all, he loved the Lord, and demonstrated his strong Christian faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, brothers Jim, Otis and Arlie Whatley and sister Nettie Dowdy.
His family would like to thank his many doctors and the staff of Trinity Mother Frances, and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital for their loving care.
Survivors include his sons, Mark Alan Whatley and wife Sherri, of Tyler, James Paul Whatley and wife Leslie, of Loomis, Calif., Thomas Joe Whatley and wife Melanie, Timothy Leo Whatley, all of Athens; daughters Rebecca Brown and husband Jerry, of Arlington, Leah Del Nieman and husband Phillip, of Richardson; sisters Frances McCalister, of Dallas, Doris McKinney, of Borger, Sue Low, of Kerrville; and seven grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mark, Timothy, Joe and Paul Whatley, Jerry Brown, Phillip Nieman, David Low, Matt Dowdy.