John Harold Whatley
December 26, 1957 – June 17, 2019
John Harold Whatley, 61, passed away at home Monday, June 17th from lung cancer complications. He was born Dec 26, 1957 to John William Whatley, Jr. and Ramah Lee Nelson in Long Beach, California. John was a longtime resident of Grants Pass, Oregon.
He is predeceased by his parents, his brothers Tom Whatley and WilliamWhatley, and his third wife Laurie Stewart. Survivors include daughters Donna Shackle (Devin) of Apex, NC and Lisa Ernest (Edward) of McKinney, TX; sisters Ramah Lee Peralta (Frank) of Bonita, CA, Renah Lee Crow (Brice) of Redlands, CA, and Lyndalee Vandervalk (Stephen) of Grants Pass, OR; and numerous nieces and nephews. John also had a dog named Mytzi who was the world to him. As a child John loved all animals and horses, in particular his own Shetland pony he named “Alberturkey”. He loved all things outdoors, sports, and the beauty of nature. John was an amazing craftsman and made beautiful works of art from wood and was owner of Custom Cabinets & Woodworks by John Whatley. He loved his family immensely and was fiercely protective of them. John was not “religious”, but his faith in God was unshakable, even in his darkest moments, and he was ready to meet his Heavenly Father. He will be remembered as a gifted storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor. He was be cremated, and a private Celebration of Life was held for immediate family. John was dearly loved, and will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace. Amen