John M. Whatley Jr.


John Millard Whatley, Jr. entered life on March 7, 1954, to the late John M. and Lousie Whatley, Sr. of Mansfield, Ohio. John, Jr. entered eternal rest on December 24, 2020 with his loved ones by his side.

John had many passions, and he loved helping others in any way that he could. In 2004, he worked for the Greyhound Bus Lines as a luggage handler, and a customer service lead in the city of Columbus, Ohio. John later made his home in the city of Bessemer, Alabama. In 2009, he became a motor coach operator, which he loved. In 2015, he became a delivery driver at FedEx.

John had a love for children, and in return children had the same amount of love for John.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, many uncles, aunts, nephews and cousins.

He leaves to cherish his memory:

Siblings: Gloria Jean Whatley, James E. Whatley and Jacqueline Whatley Parence all of Columbus, Ohio; Aunts: Mary Francis Luvert and Elizabeth Peterson both of Bessemer, Alabama and Edna Carter of Columbus, Ohio; Uncles: Dan (Nonnie) Carter of Columbus, Ohio and Arthur Dial of Bessemer, Alabama; Nieces: Cassandra Allen and Michelle Whatley of Columbus, Ohio; Special Niece: Janequa Williams of Columbus, Ohio; Special Nephews: Abel and Kane Parence of Columbus, Ohio Special Friends: Kurt Spann and Russell Whitaker of Atlanta, Georgia; Harold Dennard, II of Birmingham, Alabama; Dewayne Wade of Selma, Alabama; and a great host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A service was held at Integrity Funeral Home in Bessemer, Alabama.

Family will receive friends at MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Tuesday January 12, 2021 from 6-8pm. Private Family Graveside Service will take place 12 noon Wednesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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Condolence Messages

  1. My Condolences I worked with John At Greyhound in Columbus, Ohio. We always wanted to find out how far we could Drive the Bus..We found out we could only Drive too the Florida Keys @ Moosehead. Alaska..R.I.H…

  2. Charles and Patti (Cash) Ray

    Praying for for the Family.

  3. Perrise Chapman

    Praying for the family. In Jesus Name

  4. Jackie my dear friend, My Sincere Condolences to you and your entire family, I pray God will comfort and strengthen, and encourage your hearts during this very sorrowful and difficult time. John touched the lives of many in such a special way. He will truly be missed, and certainly never be forgotten. John we love you…R.I.P.
    {AKA) Bea

  5. Pam Jones-Rembert

    I will really miss John Jr. He was a true friend to me when I needed him the most. Miss You Already. RIP My Friend.

  6. Fabienne Goins-Butler

    My sincere condolences to the Whatley family my prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  7. John is one of the best friends that God blessed me with. Jazz in the Park Concerts, and solving the world’s problems over a good meal was our thing. John even gave me good relationship advice sometimes. A brotherhood like ours is rare. I am praying for the Whatley family, and everyone who was blessed to know my buddy, John. Rest in Power King / Brother

  8. My condolences to the Whatley family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Rodney and Zanetta McNab

    Prayers to the entire Whatley Family! We love you Maestro. Overseer Rodney and Lady McNab

  10. Stephen Sizemore

    Stephen Sizemore
    January 12, 2021

    Dear Whatley Family, relatives and friends.
    You have my deepest sympathy and condolences as you start the new normal after John’s transition and ascension. Grace and peace be multipled throughout the coming years.

  11. Condolence to you and the family our prayers are with you.

  12. Betty L Jones/Columbus,Ohio

    I am so sorry about the passing of John Jr. To the family you are in my prayers

  13. Min Yvonne Wilson

    Praying for you. Stay encouraged.

  14. To the Whatley family, I pray God’s continued Comfort, Peace and Blessings. You are in my prayers.

  15. Tynette Croff and Family

    My condolences to the Whatley family. I pray for strength and peace for you all during this difficult time. Uncle John Jr will truly be missed and held in in my heart. Love you all!!!

  16. Teresa Brown
    January 13,2021

    My sincere condolences to the Whatley family our prayers are with you during this difficult time. John Jr will be truly missed. He has touched many lives. Rest in peace my brother. We love you.

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