Frank H. Whitley Sr.Published 10:56pm Wednesday, March 20, 2013
FRANKLIN — Frank Hudson Whitley Sr. “Paw Paw,” 79, passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 19, 2013. A native of Boykins, Va., he was a son of the late Ryland Hudson and Mamie Tillery Byrd Whitley. He retired after 20 years as a bridge supervisor from the Virginia Department of Transportation and was a member of the Virginia Wildlife Conservation. He was predeceased by two brothers, Wilson and Hugh “Junior” Whitley; four half-brothers, Leo, Tommy, Southgate and Wendell Byrd; one half-sister, Mary Elizabeth Williams.
Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Eunice Munford Whitley; two daughters, Janet Floyd and husband, Jeffrey, of Courtland, and Beth W. Turner and husband, K.T., of Franklin; a son, Frank Hudson Whitley Jr. and wife, Patty, of Suffolk; a beloved sister, Mildred W. Gwaltney King “Sis” of Windsor, Va.; six grandchildren, Candace Saunders and husband, Woody, Jonathan Whitley and wife, Shea, Christopher Whitley and wife, Julia, Kevin Whitley and Katelyn Duck; one step-grandchild, Jeffery B.W. Floyd; and five great-grandchildren, Alexis Parker, Zavion Parker, Summer Saunders, Brandon Saunders, and Emerson Whitley; many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as his best friend and companion, Shadow.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Wright Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Faison officiating. Interment will follow at Nansemond Suffolk Cemetery, Suffolk. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wright Funeral Home and suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. www.wrightfuneralhome.org.