The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


October 28, 2013

Virginia “Kate” Whitley, 97, of Albemarle, passed away Oct. 23, 2013

Sunday, October 29, 2013 — Virginia “Kate” Whitley, 97, of Albemarle, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Bethany Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Albemarle.

She was born June 28, 1916, in Union County to Charles and Ada Baucom Smith who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hardy Houston Whitley in 1999; brothers, Silas Smith and Bob Smith; and sisters, Mattie Hinson, Ola Hinson and Alice James.

The family received friends from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. A graveside service followed at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 7002 Pleasant Hill Church Road in Marshville, N.C. The graveside service was officiated by Rev. Gene Hopkins.

Survivors include son, Jerry (Janice) Whitley of Albemarle; daughter, Sharon (Rick) Cox of Concord, N.C.; nine grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express a sincere appreciation to the staff of Bethany Woods Nursing and Rehabiliation Center, 3 South at Stanly Regional Medical Center and Hospice of Stanly County.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First St., Albemarle, NC.

Hartsell Funeral Home is serving the Whitley family.

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