Frank J. Whaley

December 26, 1932December 24, 2012

WHALEY, FRANK JOSEPH – age 79, of Knoxville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 24, 2012. He was a member of Meridian Baptist Church, South Knoxville. He was born in the Chestnut Hill Community of Jefferson County, on December 26, 1932 to the late Clisby Washington (C.W.) and Maudie Mae Smelcer Whaley. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Maxine Ownby Whaley; son, Jeffrey Frank Whaley; daughters, Pamela Whaley Lee (Dr. Richard T. Lee) and Trish Whaley Walker (Mark A. Walker); grandson, Daniel Mark Walker; and granddaughters, Lindsay Jordan Lee, Stephanie Mae Lee, and Lydia Mae Walker. He is also survived by his brothers, Loran (Pat) Whaley, of Dandridge, TN, and Loy (Ronda) Whaley, of Sevierville, TN, as well as several nieces and nephews. Frank was a long time member of Meridian Baptist Church, serving as Deacon, Trustee, and a member of several committees. Frank served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Military Policeman from 1952 to 1954, and married his soul mate on December 24, 1954. Frank graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Frank and Maxine were owners of Whaley Steel and Products Company in South Knoxville from 1972 to 2006. The family would like to thank the personal caretakers who assisted with his care the last few months, especially Shannon. The family would also like to thank Dr. John H. Dougherty, Jr., A.D. Baxter MSSW, and the staff at the Cole Neuroscience Center at The University of Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc., 2270 Sutherland Avenue, Suite 202, Knoxville, TN 37919 or online at The family will receive friends at Meridian Baptist Church, 6513 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920 on Friday, December 28th from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 7:00 P.M. with Rev. Dana Fachman officiating. The family will meet at the Shiloh Cemetery in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, December 29th at 11:00 A.M. for the graveside service.


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Burial Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Mark Kidd

December 30, 2012


So sorry to hear about your father's passing. Take solace that he is in a better place alongside his lord and savior. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


Mark A. Kidd & Family

Ryan & Brooke Craig

December 30, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to such a sweet family.

Alvin & Wanda Davis

December 28, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss,

Crow's Alignment

December 28, 2012

We were deeply saddened to hear about Frank's passing. He was a very thoughtful man and a dear friend and a loyal customer. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Richard Bender

December 28, 2012

Whaley Family, I am saddened to learn of Frank. He was a fine person. I met Frank in the 1970's and we worked together on many projects. He was the best around in his field. Our firm has not seen anyone better than him. He was proud of his grand kids. God loves Frank and so do I.

Burnett and Vicki Finchum

December 28, 2012

"Thinking of each of you at this difficult time with our deepest sympathies."

Amy Whaley

December 28, 2012

Please accept my deepest condolences and sympathy in this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Sandie Chastain (Rietman)

December 27, 2012

Trish and Family,

So sorry to hear about your dad. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Ott McGill

December 27, 2012

I was saddened to hear of Frank's passing. I have many wonderful memories of the many years our families worshipped together at Meridian.

Jim, Pat, Elizabeth Greene

December 27, 2012

So sorry to hear! We will remember this sweet man with a smile!