Ann Neisler Whatley

October 29, 1926February 9, 2019

Ann Neisler Whatley, 92, passed away on February 9, 2019 at her home in Dunwoody, GA, where she and her husband resided for over 53 years.

Ann was born in Cordele, GA to Alice Fenn Neisler and John Howard Neisler on October 29, 1926. She went to Reynolds High School in Reynolds, GA. She attended Shorter College and later graduated from University of Georgia in 1947.

She taught elementary school until she had her children and became a full-time homemaker. Her family was her life. She was very involved in church, serving on the missions committee at First Baptist Church Atlanta, opening her home to missionaries and going on mission trips into her 80s. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Howard Neisler and her infant daughter, Anna Howard Whatley.

Ann is survived by William H. Whatley, her husband of over 70 years; her children, Laura Cole (Joe) of Kennesaw, Fran Hollifield (Lynn) of Roswell, John Whatley (Alison) of Cary, NC and Judy Seitz (Bill) of Birmingham, AL; her sister, Frances Persons (Ben) of Atlanta; grandchildren, Cliff Cole, Jeff Cole, Alissa Whatley, Hank Hollifield, Anna Hollifield, Katie Grace Whatley, Becky Whatley and William Seitz. She had five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, February 15, 2019 at First Baptist Atlanta Chapel, 4400 North Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Her funeral service will be held in the chapel at 1:00 pm immediately following the visitation. Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Reynolds, GA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Missions at First Baptist Atlanta, 4400 North Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338.


  • World Missions at First Baptist Atlanta


  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ann Neisler Whatley

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Mark Forsling

February 14, 2019

Bill, Laura, Fran, John and Judy - Ann lived a wonderful long life and raised a loving family. You were blessed to have her in your lives for so many years. I know you will miss her, but your memories of the good times will support you in your loss.

Mark and Susan Forsling

Wanda Miller

February 11, 2019

Sorry for your loss! I am a member of Skyland UMC. I met Ann when she came to my line dancing class just a few years ago. She and Joan Ernst came together, both being members of First Baptise. I really enjoyed having her in my class, and was sorry when she could no longer come. Ann was a true Southern Lady, beautiful inside and out. I will miss her!

Wanda Miller