(ROANOKE) The funeral for James Cleo Whaley, 83, of Roanoke will be Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Benefield Funeral Chapel with Bro. Terry Magby and Bro. Gary Braswell officiating. Burial will follow at Potash Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Mr. Whaley passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

A Randolph County native, Mr. Whaley was born April 18, 1938, the son of Eual and Fannie Bowen Whaley. He worked as a fixer and retired from West Point Pepperell after 39 years. Mr. Whaley and his wife were the owners and operators of Tin Shop Gas & Grocery Store until he was disabled. He was a hard worker, loved his wife and family dearly, and was a Christian and member of Freedom Harbor Church.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Ware Whaley of Roanoke; two daughters, Rhonda J. Taylor of Roanoke and Wendy Lundy (Jason) of Wadley; four sons, Tim Vinson Taylor (Shelba) of Jonesboro, Ga., and Buster Whaley, Ricky Whaley and Rex Whaley (Tonja), all of Wedowee; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Mr. Whaley was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Regina; two sisters, Lois Ford and Nillie Whaley; and six brothers, Lonnie Whaley, Elbert Whaley, Ed Whaley, Curtis Whaley, Roy Whaley and Dewey Whaley.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.

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