OBITUARY

Stephen Ford Whatley Jr.

September 21, 1971September 27, 2020
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Stephen passed away on September 27, 2020.

Stephen is survived by his wife Joy Whatley, mother Jo-Ann Glaw, father Stephen Whatley, Sr. and wife Debbie Whatley, brother Michael Thomas Whatley, sister-in-law Wendy Whatley, children Jonathan Thomas Ford Whatley, Melanie Ishman, Clayton Whatley, Nathan Pogue, granddaughter Hazel Rose Whatley, sister-in-law Janice Jons, and father-in-law Paul Jons, and aunt Jane McGregor. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will miss his smile, kindness and generosity.

He has joined his Grandfathers Joe Thomas Blount and Albert Ford Whatley on an eternal fishing trip. Stephen has also been united with his Grandmother Audrey Kissinger and Orletta Whatley.

Stephen Jr. accomplished many things in his life. He worked hard for 20+ years, providing for his family and becoming Assistant Project Manager for Kilgore Industries. Everyone that crossed paths with Stephen knows his greatest passions were hunting, and fishing and he always knew to treasure and enjoyed each day with those he loved and held dear. Courageous Battle

Hanging on to life is a battle, and challenges are not always won, but stubbornness and a will to live drives the cause of life. You fought harder and better than anyone I have ever known, and I am very proud of you. Once a long time ago, I watched a little boy play in the yard. He would fall and stumble and cry but that didn’t stop him. With tears in his eyes, he continued to move forward to accomplish the task at hand, even when the odds of completion were against him. His final battle, with different tears in his eyes, was against impossible odds. His liver no longer functioned, but he still dreamed of a future and did not give up. His struggle for life never ended. His courage will never be matched, and his smile and laugh will be greatly missed. I wish we could have made your challenge easier, but you are no longer suffering, and I am sure you are now fishing in the boat with Grandad. Tell Dad I miss him so very much and hold a spot on the boat for me.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Stephen Ford Whatley Jr.

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Shumar Taylor

October 19, 2020

I used to work at a gun store and from the first time I met Steve until our last phone conversation he was always a light hearted guy. I used to tell him to stop taking those pictures high on those roof top work sights where he would lean over the edge and send them to me just to get a ride outta me!!!! My heart is heavy because I wish I could just hear his raspy laugh one more time, and talk about our shared love for the 1911!!!!! I will miss you brother and when we see each other again I know you will have a rod and reel waiting!!!!!!

Laurie Hernandez

October 18, 2020

Forever you will be in our hearts! Our kids think the world of you and you will forever be “KING DADDY” to them! You will be missed but never forgotten, always in our heart and forever in our memories.

Beth Jons

October 9, 2020

My dear sweet brother,
Where do I even begin? You’ve been apart of my life for 17 years. You watched me grow from a wild crazy young adult to a wild crazy mama to your nephew Tristan. You’ve been a constant in both of our lives.

This world will forever be just a bit dimmer without your bright sunny disposition and smile. We will forever miss you. Thank you for all the love, support, memories and guidance you’ve given me. Please give mom, PJ and Travis my love. See you all on the other side. ❤️

Bill Whatley

October 7, 2020

My nephew Stephen Or as I referred to Him little Steve We all have our special uniqueness and without a doubt little Steve had his. He certainly had his own memories about the past and when you heard some of the stories he would talk about there was many times I would ask him did that really happen and he would continue to even explain more that really left me more puzzled and confused. But you know that was Little Steve Way of reminiscing of the past and he was so intrigued by it. He called not too long ago and said he found my old jet boat and it was completely restored and he wanted me to buy it and when I told him I have too much stuff around that I really don’t need he said he was going to buy it, he just wanted to relive the past and that was little Steve. He had a great heart for his kids and His family. The last time I saw him he pulled out pictures of the past and I was wondering how do you get these pictures. But he had a way of digging them up and love sharing it . Jennifer sent me a picture of him and her it was a sweet picture He definitely loved his cousins. Steve was such caring and loving person. He will be missed . May you Rest In Peace ❤️. Uncle Billy

Jami, Charles, " The way steve acknowledged my kids", Jazmine white horse, JASUN!!, Mustang Shelby White

October 5, 2020

Their are way to many great memories to list about steve, I could go on for days. He was such an amazing husband, father, and friend. I knew him and his family for about 14 years, our kids grew up with each other. You couldnt be around him for long without him making you laugh. One of the best memories I have is how on the weekends we would gather by his boat in the front yard and have pizza and laugh for hours. He would always get the kids going crazy and we would laugh at how he was just like them. He was so full of kindness and this amazing energy. He called me his sister, and made me feel like family. I will never forget how awesome of a brother he was to me and my family. Rest is peace brother, we will miss you greatly.

Kandy Kettle

October 5, 2020

I will always remember my sweet , cute, freckled face, always always talking , redhead cousin❤
He loved his wife with all his heart, he could never be more proud of his children and love them more everyday , and oh my his granddaughter was the apple of his eye, he alwaus talked about his family with pride.
Now he is fishing amd spending everyday with all our loved ones that have also gone to watch over us ! Boy their wings are gonna be heavy😄❤
Rest in peace now sweet Stevie🙏

Mary Cooke

September 30, 2020

Our condolences go to the Whatley family upon the passing of Stephen Whatley, Jr. I (Mary) only met Stephen Jr. a couple of times, many years ago, but what I remember of him was his smile. He had a big smile with a red mustache sitting atop. We hope he is smiling now that he is beyond the burden of the illness that caused his passing. He had a caring father in Stephen Sr. who we know was an especial source of comfort and help to Stephen Jr. in these last months, and our hearts and prayers go out to Steve, Debbie and the entire Whatley family.
Sending our love,
The Cooke-Kirkpatricks

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