William James Whitley (Bill) 87, of Rock Hill, SC passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, SC. He was born on November 21, 1930 to the late Allie Green and Evelyn Epps Whitley in Mecklenburg County, NC.
A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Rawlinson Road Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC with the Reverends Michael Beeks and Shannon Ford officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm. Burial will follow at Flint Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill, SC.
Bill was a retired Vice President of Wiedeman and Singleton Engineers of South Carolina. He joined Wiedeman and Singleton Engineers of Atlanta, GA in 1971 as a resident engineer assigned to manage the construction of the Columbia, South Carolina Metropolitan Wastewater System. In 1974, Bill helped establish and then manage Wiedeman and Singleton of South Carolina, which serves the Upstate of South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina until his retirement in 2007. Prior to joining Wiedeman and Singleton, Bill worked for the City of Rock Hill for 15 years as a resident engineer and the Assistant Public Works Director. He was also a member of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Association of South Carolina. In 2004, he was awarded the Legacy Award for Outstanding Contribution from the Water Environment Association of South Carolina (Catawba District).
Bill was a member of Rawlinson Road Baptist Church in Rock Hill as well as a former member of First Baptist Church of Fort Mill, where he was an ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. He graduated from Fort Mill High School in 1949 and served in the Army National Guard for 18 years.
Mr. Whitley is survived by his bride of 61 years, Jean Caskey Whitley and their two daughters, Alison Whitley Hearl of Seneca, SC and Sally Whitley Slough (Marty Irvin) of Rock Hill, SC; his grandchildren, Matthew William Hearl of Norfolk, VA, Jonathan Christian Hearl of Seneca, SC, Caroline Whitley Slough of Rock Hill, SC and Andrew David Hearl of Seneca, SC; his brother, Allie E. Whitley (Pat) of Fort Mill, SC; his brother- in- law, James T. Poore, Sr. of Rock Hill, SC, as well as his numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, (Robert Leon Whitley Sr.), his sister, (Carolyn Whitley Poore) and his sister-in-law, (Jane Blankenship Whitley).
The family would like to thank Dr. Charles Ferree at Mecklenburg Medical Group-Pineville, Dr. Earl Burgess and staff at Levine Cancer Institute Pineville, Dr. John Powderly and staff at Carolina BioOncology Institute in Huntersville, NC, as well as the staff at Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, SC for the extraordinary care they all provided to Mr. Whitley during his illness.
Memorials may be made to Rawlinson Road Baptist Church Building Fund, 1024 Rawlinson Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, 810 Maxwell Ave, Greenwood, SC 29646 or to Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731.
Condolences may be made to Bill’s family at online at www.greenefuneralhome.net.