The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


May 7, 2014

Vesta Whitley, 90, of Oakboro, passed away May 4, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — Mrs. Vesta Lee Morgan Whitley, 90 years of age, of Oakboro, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at CMC- Northeast in Concord, N.C.

Vesta was born June 8, 1923, in Stanly County, to the late Joseph Henry Morgan and the late Flora Harward. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dillon Efird Whitley; five sisters; and one brother.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary and will be officiated by Pastor Don Phillips. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include sons, Joseph (Myra) Whitley of Albemarle and Mark (Pam) Whitley of Oakboro; daughter, Joan (Don) Underwood of Albemarle; grandsons, Ben (Lauren) Underwood of Oakboro, John (Kristen) Underwood  and Tyler Whitley, all of Oakboro, Brian Whitley and Dillon James Whitley, both of Raleigh,; two granddaughters, Carrie W. (Chris) Lisenby of Albemarle and Brooke W. (Michael) Smolka of San Antonio, Texas; two stepgrandchildren, Dusty (Alison) Clontz and Brian (Candice) Clontz, both of Albemarle; seven greatgrandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 429, Oakboro, NC 28129.

Hartsell Funeral Home is serving the Whitley family.

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