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Mr. James Whaley, 70, of Albany, Georgia departed this life Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, Georgia. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” ~ Revelation 21:4

Mr. James Whaley was born to the late Ms. Ida L. Whaley in Albany, Georgia, on December 26, 1949. He was a gentle-spirited, God-fearing man who served his country in the Vietnam War. As a teenager, he had witnessed his mother’s struggles in providing for her family. After graduating from Monroe High School, he looked beyond his fears and decided to join the U.S. Army in e orts of serving his country, assisting his mother in making ends meet, and earning money to attend college.

FAITH: Mr. Whaley joined Monroe Street Church of God in Christ, now Words of Restoration International Ministries, at an early age, where he remained until his demise. Deacon Whaley was also known by the endearing name of “Deac”. He served in a mentoring capacity and shared life’s lessons in an e ort to be of assistance whenever possible, learning from his great mentor, Bishop J. Howard Dell. He served in various positions, including President, Young People Willing Workers, Sunday School Teacher, and Superintendent, as well as Senior Deacon.

MILITARY: In his seventh month of service with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and witnessing the horrors that no one should ever witness, Private First Class (PFC) Whaley received life-threatening injuries that would eventually lead to his status as a 100% Disabled Veteran. He was awarded the BRONZE STAR MEDAL WITH VALOR FOR HEROISM in February 1969. Even facing death, his seless nature kicked into action. Disregarding his own painful wounds, he succeeded in getting two casualties (his comrades) out of a tunnel. He was also a PURPLE HEART recipient for wounds received in action. His injuries were so severe that he had to be resuscitated. At one point, James was blind and paralyzed. His recovery period was quite extensive.

HEART: He served for years as the main caregiver for his elderly mother. Because of the way he provided and cared for his mother, her neighbors honored him with the title, “Son of the Year”. He also received several accolades: “World’s Best Husband” by his loving and devoted wife, Barbara, of 371⁄2 years, and “World’s Greatest Dad” by his four beloved children, Yastrzemski, Jeywoski, Reeshemah, and Jasmine. He also found joy in not just hearing his grandchildren call him Granddaddy James, but in the way they would pronounce it. He never chased after earthly rewards, because he knew his reward was in Heaven. At home, you would  nd him praising God; and he would proudly state that “God’s grace and mercy brought him through.”

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida L. Whaley, his beloved brother, Johnny Whaley, and his beloved sister, Alice omas.

He leaves to cherish his memory: a loving, devoted, and caring wife, Barbara Whaley of Albany, Georgia; two sons, Yastrzemski (Kimberly) Whaley of Commerce City, Colorado, and Jeywoski Whaley of Albany, Georgia; two daughters, Reeshemah (Christopher) Cameron of Marietta, Georgia, and Jasmine Whaley of Warner Robins, Georgia; six grandchildren, NiiAsia Moore, Christian Heard, Saadiyah Cameron, Gabrielle Alexander, SaaNala Cameron, and SaaNyla Cameron; three godchildren, Peyton Anthony, Isaiah Anthony, and Journey Anthony; parents-in-law, Benjamin and Catherine Lewis of Albany, Georgia; a special aunt, Julia Evans of Tampa, Florida; one brother-in-law, Dr. Marvin Lewis of Cameron, North Carolina; four sisters-in law, Gloria (John) Brown of Columbus, Georgia, Dr. Elois (Dr. Bill) Edge, Raye-Bell Robinson, and Teresa (Silas) Daniels, all of Albany, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other sorrowing relatives and friends.

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  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
    My condolences to the family during this time of bereavement. God is in control and will keep us.
    ~ Evelyn Thomas   N Lauderdale
  • Friday, September 18, 2020
    I send peace to the entire Whaley family. Sending my love, care and (((HUGS))). Hang in there and be safe. Love always Drenda.
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020
    Our pr ayers are always with you all during this time . God has another good man by His side. He will surely be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020
    Our Condolence and prayers are with you and the family sorry we weren't able to make it to the service but you will always be in our prayers. God Bless and we love you all. Hang in there. Uncle Sonny and Aunt Gladys
    ~ Mr and Mrs Johnny Clark   Largo, FL
  • Monday, September 21, 2020
    Sending heartfelt sympathy to the Whaley family.
    ~ Rev. Willie McClendon   Largo, FL
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    My condolences to the family. Keeping everyone uplifted in prayer.
    ~ Tandra Jackson-Archie   Orlando, FL
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    We are deeply sadden to have just learned about another fallen tornado, our classmate, James Whaley. We the MHS Class of 1968 wishes to extend to the family our heartfelt sympathy in loss of your loved one. He will be deeply missed by all the lives he touched including ours.
    ~ Monroe High Class of 1968   Albany, GA
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    We are deeply sadden to have just learned about another fallen tornado, our classmate, James Whaley. We the MHS Class of 1968 wishes to extend to the family our heartfelt sympathy in loss of your loved one. He will be deeply missed by all the lives he touched including ours. MONROE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968
    ~ Eula Edwards   Albany, GA