Phillip Early Whitley, also known as “Pop,” age 80, passed away on Nov. 2, 2016 in Brownwood.
Mr. Whitley was born on Nov. 9, 1935, in George West to Bill and Martha (Pundt) Whitley. He married Edith Everett Tullis Daniels on Nov. 11, 2011 in Brownwood, at Austin Avenue Church of Christ.
He attended Harlandale High School in San Antonio. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader. Mr. Whitley served in the United States Air Force, earned Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was a retired Electrician.
Mr. Whitley was a lifetime member of the North America Hunting Club, VFW Post 3278, American Legion Post 345, and the Air Evac Life Team.
He is survived by daughters Cherie Burke and husband Jammie of Alpena, Michigan, Shirley Aikens and husband Steve of Clovis, California; sons, Phillip Whitley Jr., Virgil Ivy, Gregory Ivy, and Bryan Ivy of Winchester, Wisconsin; brother Dennis Baker and wife Missy of Terrell; sister, Debbie Martinez and husband Marty of Frederick, Colorado; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Other survivors include daughters, Debra Mabary, April Daniels, Wanda Rocha and husband David; son Steve Tullis; and drandson Jon Mabary and wife Rebecca.
Mr. Whitley was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Doris Martella; and one niece, Kim Thompson.
The family wishes to thank his brother Dennis Baker; Dr. Childres, VA Clinic; Brownwood Regional Emergency Room Staff; Air Evac Life Team; San Angelo Community Hospital; Kindred Hospice Nurses and Staff, as well as a great friend Keith Madole.