OBITUARY: LCPL Joseph ‘Joey’ D. Whaley


LCPL Joseph “Joey” D. Whaley, a beloved son, cherished brother, devoted grandson, faithful friend, loyal teammate, outstanding Eagle Scout, dedicated Marine, and a Christian committed to serving and protecting others. He has left a profound impact on the lives he touched. He was born on August 9, 2003, and passed away tragically on August 17, 2023, at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, at the age of 20. His memory will forever be etched in the hearts of his family and loved ones.

Joey was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, and was the son of Jeffrey D. Whaley and Bridget Lee Hovey Whaley. He earned his Eagle Scout rank on August 24, 2021, with Troop 103 and was a 2022 graduate of Columbia Central High School.

A true outdoorsman at heart, Joey fearlessly embraced challenges and obstacles, inspiring all around him to follow his lead. His passion for conquering difficulties while uplifting others was a testament to his indomitable spirit. His love for football not only showcased his skills on the field but also his ability to foster connections and inspire his teammates and classmates. Joey’s dedication extended to the Columbia Central High School ROTC, where he served diligently.

Yet, one of his most remarkable qualities was his quiet yet impactful support for those in need. His selflessness knew no bounds, and though we knew he was helping others, we now realize the vast extent of his service.

Since Joey’s departure to be with the Lord, the family has been deeply moved by the countless stories shared by people from all walks of life- stories of how Joey lent a helping hand, provided encouragement, ignited inspiration, and offered unwavering support.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancé of four years, Savannah Stubblefield of Columbia, TN, grandparents, David & Janet Whaley of Spring Hill, TN, Acel & Barbara Hovey of Hamburg, NY, and sister, Amanda Whaley of Columbia, TN.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM and again on Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maury Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps. Active members of the United States Marine Corps will serve as pallbearers.

Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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