George L. Whitley


George L. Whitley, 84, of Effingham, departed this life at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 20, 2015, at First Church of God, 2600 S. Banker Street, Effingham, with the Rev. C.W. Lewis and Rev. Ed Wojnar officiating. Burial will be in Arborcrest Memorial Park in Effingham, with military rites. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2015, at the church. Services are in the care of Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham.

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George was born on July 28, 1931 near Humboldt, Illinois, the son of George F. and Gladys I. (Galbreath) Whitley. He married Ruth Hooten on February 10, 1957. He was a U.S. Army veteran; retired from Effingham State Bank and served many area churches as a local pastor. George was a member and attended the Funkhouser United Methodist Church for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth of Effingham; daughters, Lavonne (Bob) Ring and Diane (David) Tieffel, both of Effingham and Darla (Kurt) Miller of Troy; grandchildren: Natalie (Kyle) Stortzum, Kristen (Trent) Kreke, Holly (Jeff) Wallace, Ryan (Ashley) Tieffel, Christopher Miller and Eric Miller. Great-grandchildren: Jordan, Hannah, Gavin and Macey Wallace; Kennedy, Kinsley and Kohen Tieffel; Brady, Addysen and Isley Stortzum; Olivia, Elizabeth and Matthew Kreke. Also a brother, Lyle Whitley of Lerna.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lavonne.