Kenneth Whitley

May 11, 1938 - March 14, 2014
Kenneth Whitley


Kenneth Earle Whitley, age 75, of Castle Hayne died Friday, March 14, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

He was born May 11, 1938 in Wayne County, North Carolina the son of the late Jonathan Steadman Whitley and Patti Vernal Whitley. He is preceded in death by a brother, William Whitley. Kenneth was an avid hunter and was a member of the Castle Hayne Hunting Club.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and watching kids play baseball. Most of all he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be missed by all.

Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Carol Whitley; sons, Ken Whitley (Helen) and Terry Whitley; grandchildren, Kevin Whitley (Heather), Justin Whitley and Austin Whitley; brother, Jonathan Whitley (Kay); sisters, Agnes Bartlett (Roy) and Wilma Ann Seabrook; and numerous other loving family members.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, March 17, 2014, officiated by Pastor Pat Hall in Eureka Cemetery, Highway 222 East, Eureka, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • March 16, 2014
    David Dooley says:
    Mr. Whitley always had time to take me along on hunting trips with his son Ken. These were good times that I will always cherish. My prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  • March 16, 2014
    Joseph Smith says:
    The Whitley family, I am so sorry for your loss.Ken (Bald eagle) was a man that everybody loved.Ken never meet a stranger and always willing to help or teach you anything.Mrs Carol and the boys our hearts go out to you for your loss.Ken will be deeply missed and now Ken is at peace and with other angels in heaven.God bless you during this time.

  • March 17, 2014
    Ross Bowden Jr. says:
    So sorry for your loss Ross

  • March 18, 2014
    Ana says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.

  • March 22, 2014
    MN says:
    I am sorry for the loss of your dear Kenneth. He sounded like a real outdoorsman. It may be comforting to know that the Bible gives each one of us a very real hope of actually enjoying life with our passed loved ones once again right here on this good earth. At John 5:28 and 29 Jesus himself tells us that those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection of life, similar to how he resurrected his friend Lazarus. Lazarus was resurrected back to life on earth, not heaven. That is in harmony with God's original purpose for humans, to "fill the earth and subdue it". (Genesis 1:28) God's purposes do not change as no one is powerful enough to make him have to change anything. To see our passed loved ones again on a beautified earth is a hope few dare to dream about, much less firmly believe in. But it is right there in every one of our Bibles. When some time has passed, feel free to visit jw.org for more comfort. Again, I am sorry for your loss. MN