Michael Roy (Mike) Whitley 71 passed away at home with his brothers January 11, 2021. Michael was born on May 21, 1949 in Minot, North Dakota to Virgil and Ruth Whitley. Mike was a veteran of the Vietnam War while serving in the US Navy. He achieved the rank of Senior Chief Gunners Mate during his 30 years of service in the Navy. Mike also worked for the United States Post Office and retired as the Postmaster of the Elon College Branch.
Mike was a member of the Revolution Masonic Lodge #552, the Greensboro Shrine Club, the Walter B. Ellis Post 63 American Legion, and the Forty and Eight (The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses). He graduated Northeast Guilford High School class of 1967. Mike was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church.
Mike was an avid outdoorsman. Throughout his life he enjoyed the solitude of a hunt in the woods, the serenity of a fishing pond, and the comradery of an outer banks fishing trip.
Michael is survived by his son, Sean Whitley, grand-daughter Winter Whitley, and his three brothers Dewey Whitley, Adrian Whitley with his wife Gerrie, and Jonathan with his wife Patricia. Michael is also survived by his cousin Kipp Whitley with his wife Lori, niece Ellen Reed with her husband Nathaniel, nephews Jace and Joshua Whitley, and great nephew Eric Reed.
It was Michael’s wish to not have a formal funeral service. The family has a private service planned. Michael asked that instead of any flowers or other gestures, that friends would make donations to their favorite charities.
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