Thomas Whaley


Thomas Ray "Tommy" Whaley, 71, of Cleveland, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in a Knoxville healthcare facility. 

He was the son of the late Ressie McAlister Whaley Headrick and Ernest Whaley. His sister, Wanda Farley, also preceded him in death. 

He retired from Bowater Paper Mill with 32 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War.  Thomas Ray Whaley will be missed by everyone.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Janice Whaley of Cleveland; his son, Dustin Whaley; his daughter, Brittany Whaley; his grandchildren: Megan and Coby; his great-grandchildren: Serenity and Atticus Pheleps; his sister, Sandy Moore and her husband, Ronnie; his brother, Jeff Whaley; his brother-in-law, Larry Farley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 2 p.m. from the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel, with the Rev. Kenny Isbill officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Sumach Cemetery in Murray County, Ga., with family and friends serving as casket bearers. Military honors will be given.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. You can give by going to their website,

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

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