OBITUARY: Ross A. Whitley Jr.

Ross A. Whitley Jr.

Mr. Ross A. Whitley, Jr., 88, retired clerk for the United States Postal Service and a resident of Trotwood Avenue, died Friday, October 1, 2021 at his residence.

Funeral services for Mr. Whitley will be conducted Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Graymere Church of Christ with John Vaughan and Andrew Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19. The family will visit with friends Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Condolences may be extended online at

Born August 2, 1933, he was the son of the late Ross A. Whitley Sr. and the late Clara Caskey Whitley. He was a graduate of Columbia Central High School Class of 1951 and immediately joined the United States Navy and served from June 1951 to July 1954, during the Korean War. Mr. Whitley was a former member of the Civitan Club, former member of Baker PTA, former President of CA Booster Club, former member of the Tuesday Crew at CA, a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Mr. Whitley was a long-time member of Graymere Church of Christ where he went on several mission trips.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Hughes Whitley whom he married on August 9, 1958; his son, Richard D. (Hope) Whitley; his greatest treasures were his grandsons, Zachary R. Whitley and Adam R. Whitley; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Harvey McKay, Adam Whitley, Zach Whitley, Eric Hughes, Stephen Hughes, and Sam Savage. Honorary pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of Graymere Church of Christ, Jean & Jack Love, Betty & Toby Clark, Sue & Edwin Lovell, Donna Dugger, John Markham, and Kitty & Bill Chaffin.

The family suggests memorials be made to Graymere Missions c/o Graymere Church of Christ 1320 Trotwood Avenue Columbia, Tennessee 38401.


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