Graveside services for Charles E. Whatley, 78 of Swainsboro, were held Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 3 p.m. at Sharon Memorial Gardens (305 Arrowood Road, Tyrone, GA 30290) with Rev. Nick Hazelton officiating and Rev. Tom Tidwell assisting. He died Monday, August 23, 2021 at his home in Swainsboro.
Mr. Charles E. Whatley was born in Fayetteville to Angus Mac and Glennis Holt Whatley. He moved to Swainsboro in 1966 with Atlanta Gas and Light Company. He then established the local office and was an office supervisor for 13 years. Following the gas company, Mr. Whatley worked and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. A rural route mail carrier for more than 32 years, he was recognized for his impeccable safety record and was a member of the “Million Mile Club.” After retirement, he worked as a pharmacy technician at Walmart in Swainsboro for 10 years. Following Walmart, Mr. Whatley enjoyed working as a driver for Daniels Chevrolet. Two of his favorite hobbies were fishing and coin collecting. He was an avid Georgia fan and loved attending games and watching the Dawgs play. His true passion was his family. He attended every event that his children and grandchildren were involved in, often traveling all over the state to support them. He was a softball coach at David Emanuel Academy from 1992 to 1996, and he was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and was the church treasurer for 24 years. Mr. Whatley was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Anna Leigh Wells.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ruth Virginia Mayfield Whatley; daughters, Cathy Leigh Daniels (Ed) of Swainsboro and Suzanne English (Joe) of Douglas; grandchildren, Jacob Andrew Westbrooks, Emma Suzanne Wells, Ethan Sutton Wells, Kaitlyn Suzanne, Kaidy English, Kristen English, Abby English, and Rachael Daniels; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, donations or memorial gifts may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 683, Swainsboro, GA 30401.
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.