Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Rev. Lonnie Elwood Whitley

Rev. Lonnie Elwood Whitley, of Stanly County, passed away Monday July 2, 2018.  His funeral service will be 10 AM Monday, July 9, 2018 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Howard officiating.  Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory.  The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care from 9 until 10 prior to the hour of the service.

Born July 12 1935, he is the son of the late Lizzie Hathcock Whitley and Lonnie Lester Whitley.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.  Rev. Whitley served the Lord as a minister for 37 years.  In addition to his church work, he was the owner and operator of Lonnie Whitley Flooring and worked as a supervisor in the Wiscassett Cotton Mill.  He also farmed and raised miniature horses.  He loved to both design and build and was very talented at his work.

Rev. Whitley is survived by his wife Trudie Lowder Whitley, daughter Johnlyn Whitley Morton (Edgar) and sister, Mary Helen Burleson. Other survivors include granddaughters, Courtney Brabble, Meredith Kelly (Robbie), Kristen Turney (Justin) and great-grandchildren, Lonnie Turney, Staton Kelly, and Debra Brabble.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ramelle, brother Rayvon, and in-laws Chloe, Doris, and Bennie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CCHH (Crystal Coast Hospice House) at ‪PO Box 640 Newport NC 28570 and www.crystalcoasthospicehouse.org


  • Becky Whitley Eudy Posted July 3, 2018 7:46 pm

    I so remember this great man, I grew up in church where he attended at Union Grove, I can still hear him pray. Sorry to hear of his passing, but a great day in Heaven.

  • Terry and Rae Griggs Posted July 3, 2018 8:48 pm

    Johnlyn & Family
    Sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. I always enjoyed being around him. He will be missed by you all. Love and prayers

  • Anna Justice Posted July 3, 2018 9:52 pm

    My heart goes out to you guys during this time of losing a loved one and please let me know if I can do anything for you guys ♡

  • Lowell Brown Posted July 4, 2018 12:24 pm

    Trudie, Vickie and I send our sympathy to you! Please know you are in our prayers. Grace and peace
    to you and family!

  • Sacramenta Landrum Posted July 4, 2018 3:41 pm

    Deepest condolences to the Whitley family and friends for the loss of your loved one Lonnie. Very soon Jesus Christ will resurrect the loved ones we have lost in death back to life Acts 24:15; John 5: 28,29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5.

  • Johnnie R Faulkner Posted July 5, 2018 5:18 pm

    Our prayers are with the family. We were neighbors and friends for many years.

  • Everette Morton and Michele Miller Morton Posted July 7, 2018 9:47 am

    Johnlyn and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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