June 4, 1944 - February 13, 2022
Richard Edward Whatley passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2022, and went to be with his Lord at the age of 77. He is predeceased by his parents, Harmon Michael Whatley, Sr. and Billie Ellis Whatley. Richard leaves his loving wife of 54 years, Gloria Cason Whatley. He will be missed by both daughters, Wendy Kerins Renda (Mark) and Rebecca Whatley Ferguson. Richard, also known as Papa, will be missed by his grandchildren, Katie Whatley Steinmetz (Andrew), Richard Carmino Giarrusso (Brittany), Nathan Todd Ferguson (Ashton), Jacob Michael Kerins, Allison Catherine Kerins, Michael Renda (Karson), Joseph Nicholas Renda, and Catherine Ann Renda. Papa also had four great grandchildren, Kayden Horton, Shiloh Shipman, Riley Grace Ferguson, and Sophia Wren Giarrusso. Richard is survived by his brothers, Harmon Michael Whatley, Jr. (Joy) and Thomas Warren Whatley (Lavenia). Richard graduated from Woodlawn High School, Class of 1964. He served as a Military Policeman in the National Guard and worked for General Electric and Walker Drug Company in Irondale for many years. Richard loved watching Alabama Football, fishing, gardening, bird- watching, and the beach, but most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, Gloria, his daughters and grandkids, and his cat, Yoko. Richard’s funeral mass will be held at Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 8090 Gadsden Hwy, Trussville, AL 35173, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Visitation for family and friends will be held before mass, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Richard’s burial will follow the service at Jefferson Memorial Gardens on Gadsden Hwy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent’s DePaul Society at Holy Infant of Prague. Masks are recommended inside the church.
Richard Edward Whatley passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2022, and went to be with his Lord at the age of 77. He is predeceased by his parents, Harmon Michael Whatley, Sr. and Billie Ellis Whatley. Richard leaves his loving wife... View Obituary & Service Information
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