Funeral services for Milton Jones Whatley, 90, of Winona will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Mike Minnis and Rev. John L. Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton, with military honors at graveside.
Visitation will be Friday, February 1, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Oliver Funeral Home; and Saturday, February 2, from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Whatley passed away, surrounded by family, at the Jackson Veterans Home on Sunday, January 27, 2019. He was born in Carroll County on August 22, 1928, to James Simon and Mollie Rebecca Buchanan Whatley. After graduating high school at the age of 16, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a commissioned officer in Army Field Artillery during the Korean War. After his military service, Mr. Whatley enrolled in Millsaps College, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He was a retired postmaster for Winona and served for 12 years as a Winona City Alderman. Mr. Whatley was a very active member of First Baptist Church in Winona. He was also a member of the Winona Rotary Club, the Cattlemen's Association, the American Legion, Carroll County Forestry Association, and the National Association of Postmasters. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed.
Mr. Whatley is survived by his wife of 57 years, Andromache "May" Dardaman Whatley of Madison; two daughters, Rebecca Elizabeth Whatley Cartledge (Marshall) of Madison and Jone Marie Whatley Negri (James) of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Morgan Elizabeth Cartledge Peters (Jeffry) of Wiggins, Evan Milton Cartledge of Wiggins, James Simon Negri of New Jersey and Eden Joy Negri of New Jersey; four great-grandchildren, Brayden Marshall Peters, Caleb Reid Peters, Trace David Peters, and Allie Elizabeth Peters, all of Wiggins; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Mr. Whatley was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Evelyn Whatley Gregory and Mable Whatley Tingle Stanton.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Matthews, Bubba Irwin, Jerry Flowers, James Biggers, and Bill Carson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Hammond, the Men's Bible Class of First Baptist Church, Dr. Keith Rushing, Greg Tompkins, and George Frank Carwile.
An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.