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Wayne Edward Whittle

October 21, 1927 - July 22, 2020

Wayne Edward Whittle passed away on July 22, 2020 in Gastonia, North Carolina.  He was born on October 21, 1927  in East Saint Louis, Illinois to Virgil and Edith Whittle. Wayne spent his childhood years in Illinois and Missouri with his grandparents and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.  Wayne shared fond memories of his childhood summers spent swimming and sailing in Lake Michigan.

He joined the US Navy on October 27, 1944, one week after his 17th birthday.  He was shipped out after basic training to the South Pacific.  He served with the Occupation Forces in Japan following their surrender.  He retired in March 1967.  Following his years in the Navy he went to work for Sears Roebuck and Company.   Before retiring in 1987 he was one of the top ten salesmen in the United States.

He met his Sweetheart, Earlene Long on New Year’s Eve in Memphis, Tennessee while on Shore Patrol.  He stole a kiss and the rest is history.  He and Earlene were married for 64 years.   Wayne leaves behind Rita Sutton and her husband Lou of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Gary Whittle of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Karen Cloer and her husband Terry of Belmont, North Carolina and Shari Whittle of Belmont, North Carolina 5 grandchildren: Michael and his wife Angel, Melody, Edward and his wife Jenna, Caryn and David Jr., 5 great grandchildren: Charlotte Avalon, Cailey Joyce, Kady Sue, Avery Sue and Edward Wyatt.

Wayne is predeceased by his wife: Earlene, his daughter: Carol Diane, his parents: Virgil Lee Whittle and Edith Durney and his brother Ora Lee Whittle.

Wayne accepted Christ and was baptized at Boca Chica Chapel in Key West, Florida.  Besides his devotion to serving his country and his family he was devoted to serving God.  He was a long-time member of Bayside Baptist Church where he served as a teacher and Deacon. In addition, he served with local ministries such as Union Mission. In April 2018 Wayne relocated to Belmont, North Carolina where he became active and made new friends in Christ at Alexander Memorial Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Altmeyer Funeral Home (5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23462) with a Celebration of Life following at 4:00pm.  Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, Wayne requested that memorial donations be made to Alexander Memorial Baptist Church, 208 South Main Street, Belmont, North Carolina 28012.

The children will be at the family home during this time.

 

To livestream the Celebration Of Life to your device, please click here.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Service Information

Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

To livestream the Celebration Of Life to your device, please click here.


Cemetery Information

Interment will be private.


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