He was born on August 17, 1944, to the late Dock and Linnie (Jones) Whatley. He was a retired roofer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Tommy Whatley.
Visitation will be held from Thursday, February 6, 2014 from noon-2 p.m. at Williams & Lord Funeral Home in Ruleville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday graveside at Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville, with Bro. Joel Hammons officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Ware, Billy Ray Baggett, Larry Sanders, Robert Thompson, Trevor Runnells, Tommy Whatley, Jerry Dixon, and Austin Runnells.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike "Bubba" Smith and Jim Whatley
He is survived by son, Ricky Whatley of Indianola; daughters, Shavon Swain of Leland and Heather Boykin of Rolling Fork; brother, Earl Jones of Bryant, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Guest book may be signed at www.williamsandlord.com