John E. Whatley Jr.

John E. Whatley Jr. - Rochester Cremation

Webster, NY, April 15, 2022 at age of 87. John is survived by his wife, Nancy Whatley, daughter Tanya Boyd, son Mark Whatley, stepdaughters Kary Gross andΒ  Kelly Knefel, grandsons Derrick Boyd, Dillon Boyd and AJ Gross and granddaughter Alex McCarter. He was an active volunteer at Mimbres United Methodist Church, member and officer of The Texas Antique Airplane Association and member of EAA.

He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University on a basketball/track scholarship in 1956.Β  As an ROTC candidate, John entered the Navy in 1956, trained as a naval aviator, served in the reserves, retiring Lt. Colonel. He was a Territory Manager for Sears Contract Sales for 38 years. He was also a flight instructor and participated in the EAA Young Eagles program, introducing children to flying through an actual flight in his plane. John loved flying. John was an enthusiastic Dallas Cowboys sport fan.

Thanks to the Hospice staff for their compassionate care. John was blessed with many special friends.

InΒ  lieu of flowers, please send donations to EAA (Experimantal Aircraft Association) or Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, Frisco Texas.

4 Condolences

  1. Rick Wylie on April 25, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Our deep condolences go out to Nancy and family on John’s passing. He I deed led a full life and made difference in the world.. I remember her sharing Navy experiences with John that were quite opposite, he was a pilot and I was a submarines. And we also were members of Mimbres United Methodist Church and neighbors in Casas Adobe’s..
    Rest in Peace
    Rick & Emily Wylie
    Kingsland, Tx.

  2. Jim & Gloria White on April 25, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Our sincere condolences go out to Nancy and the family. Jim loved setting and visiting with John about their shared love of airplanes and aviation in general. May God comfort the family in this time of need. Love, Jim and Gloria

  3. Johnise Decker on April 25, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and family. I have many memories of John and Nancy when they met in Chicago, and then in TX. He was a true gentleman! John is flying in heaven now! Much love, Johnise Decker

  4. Bonnie and Tom Lewis on April 27, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Nancy, we are so sorry for your loss! We have many great memories of times with you and John. God bless you and your family. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜˜πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜˜

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