Edward Riley Whitley, Sr. 87 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Hospice of Union County in Monroe.
Mr. Whitley was born March 29, 1930 in Richmond County to the late Henry Arnold Whitley and the late Mary Magalene Whitley. He was also preceded in death by a baby girl; a granddaughter, Jackie Whitley; a sister, Marie Smith, and a brother, Ezekiel Whitley.
Ed was a member of Grace Baptist Church and had a passion for beekeeping for which he was well known.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM , Tuesday, January 9, 2018 , at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service will be on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel in Albemarle officiated by Rev. Delane Burris and Rev Darrell Huneycutt. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at 17236 Frog Pond Road, Oakboro.
Survivors include wife of 68 years, Ruth Whitley of the home; sons, Dan Whitley of Charlotte, Gerald (Carrie) Whitley of Albemarle, Richard Whitley of Albemarle, Bill (Donna) Whitley of Marshville, Garry (Sheila) Whitley of Albemarle, and Edward Whitley, Jr (Beverly) of New London; 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren as well as several step grandchildren.
Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Whitley family.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com