Elzie Wilson Whitley, 81, Warsaw, passed away at 9:58 p.m. Aug. 20, 2014, in Mason’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.
He was born June 1, 1933, in Gordo, Ala., to John and Pearl Maronne Whitley. On July 16, 1954, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was united in marriage to Norma Marie Lucarelli, who survives in Warsaw.
He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 1, 1949, to Jan. 11, 1956, during the Korean Conflict. He worked most of his life as a semi driver and had the experience of seeing a lot of our United States. Elzie loved to hunt and fish with family and friends. His love for building go-cart motors was his passion.
Also surviving are, three children: Eric (and spouse Margaret) Whitley, James (and spouse Pam) Whitley and Marcelle (and spouse Fred) Heady, all of Warsaw; nine grandchildren: Brian Whitley, Amy (and spouse Dennis) Kinsey, Erica Whitley, all of Florida; Melissa (and spouse Quentin) Blackford, San Marcos, Calif.; Joseph Whitley, Michael (and spouse Sabrina) Heady, and Rachael (and spouse Jeremiah) Polk, all of Warsaw; Michelle (and spouse Chris) Warrix, Columbia City; and Douglas Heady, Maryland; 17 great-grandchildren: Bryce, Payton and Madyson Kinsey, all of Florida; Trey, Emma and Lucy Blackford, all of California; Austin and Piper Polk, Cohen and Brody Heady, all of Warsaw; Blake, Andrew, Breyanna Barger, Brady Warrix, all of Columbia City; Tayleona, Avary and Brielle Heady, all of Larwill; and a sister, Johnnie Lee, Gordo, Ala. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; and four sisters, including the late Ruth McCool, Warsaw.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with the Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Calling is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral chapel.