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Ancel Pines (Goforth) Whitley

March 23, 1932 ~ October 13, 2020 (age 88)


Ancel Pines Whitley, 88, of Stanfield, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Atrium Health Cabarrus in Concord.

Mrs. Whitley was born March 23, 1932 to the late Grady Albert and Annie Bost Goforth. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Whitley; daughter, Rhonda Joyce Whitley; sister, Florence Goforth and brother, Earl Grady Goforth.

Ancel loved to landscape her yard and garden. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and watched them at any given opportunity. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 2:00 pm, at Love's Grove United Methodist Cemetery, 4360 Polk Ford Road, officiated by Rev. Jim White and Rev. Jim Yow.

Ancel is survived by daughter, Diane Fink and husband, Junior; granddaughter, Cheri Hathcock and husband, Ryan; grandsons, John Blake Watson IV and wife Connie, Eric Ritchie and wife Jenn; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Goforth Carpenter, Joyce Goforth Lee.

Memorials may be made to Love's Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund,  P.O. Box 276, Stanfield, NC 28163.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Whitley family.

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Graveside Service
October 17, 2020

2:00 PM

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