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April 21, 2014

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Carlos Calvin Whaley
 

Published: 11/21/2013

Carlos Calvin Whaley

Died: Nov. 12, 2013

Carlos Whaley, 71, of Greeneville, passed away Tuesday in his home following a courageous 14-month battle with esophageal cancer.

Carlos is survived by his wife: Connie Burnett Whaley; his children: Angela Mills Chapman and husband, Ben, Carlos C. Whaley Jr. and wife, Kristi, Steven F. Whaley, Karese W. Faircloth and husband, Tifton, April W. Reed and husband, Lynn, Landon D. Whaley and James P. Whaley; his grandchildren: Victoria Payne and husband, Carlton, Andrew Whaley, Joseph Whaley, Claire Whaley, Mikaela Gasso, Brandon Reed, Alexa Reed and Chloe Whaley; and his siblings: Geneva Whaley, June King, Lena Ensor, David Whaley and Lewis Whaley. Carlos also leaves behind a host of beloved nieces and nephews.

Carlos was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Lou Elswick Whaley, and brothers, Freddie Lee Whaley and Paul Whaley Jr.

Carlos was a retired Executive Vice President of First Colony Life Insurance and G.E. Capital in Lynchburg, Va.

He was also an avid historian, outdoorsman, living history portrayer and farmer.

Carlos served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958 until 1965, completing his service at the rank of Corporal.

Carlos pioneered the deployment of computers in the United States Marine Corps and received Commendations and Meritorious Mast For Achievements.

Carlos was the Commandant of the Elbert Kinser Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Greeneville when he was diagnosed with cancer and reluctantly resigned that position. On Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, Carlos was awarded the honor of Detachment Marine of the Year by that same detachment.

Carlos was a faithful member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, having previously served in a number of other congregations including as Chairman of Kingwood Christian Church in Houston, Texas, and Chairman of Bedford Christian Church in Bedford, Va.

Once retiring, he devoted himself to his farm and the local historical community. Positions he held include Past President, Boones Creek Historical Trust, Gray; Past President, Nathanael Greene Museum Board of Directors, Greeneville; Board member, Washington College Academy, Limestone; Board Member Greene County Heritage Trust; and Co-chair of Andrew Johnson Bicentennial Celebration Steering Committee.

He was also a very active speaker regionally on topics relating to the Civil War in East Tennessee, Civil War Communications and Women's Roles in the Civil War.

Upon recognizing the damage mental illness had wrought within his own family, Carlos also became active in the local mental health community. Carlos served as the Chairman on the Public Policy Platform Committee for NAMI Tennessee (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). He was a previous President of NAMI Greeneville/Greene County.

In 2009, Carlos was the recipient of the Fred Sackleh Award for Outstanding Affiliate Leadership, NAMI Tn's highest honor. He was particularly interested in helping Veterans and their families to cope with the often tragic effects of PTSD.

In order to be more effective, he trained as an instructor for NAMI's "With Hope in Mind and Beginnings" courses and taught multiple eight-week courses both to families in Greeneville and to Veterans and their family members at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home.

He was an avid and active volunteer for Washington County's Mental Health Court.

Carlos was an adventurous spirit who loved travel. He walked on the Great Wall of China, passed through the archways of the Taj Mahal, stood beside the monoliths of Stonehenge, crossed the Atlantic on the Concorde and the QEII, rode the Zephyr from Chicago to Sacramento, sailed through the Panama Canal and enjoyed a myriad of other adventures, some as simple as climbing to the top of his beloved mountain in North Greene County.

He loved life and lived it to its fullest. His enthusiasm encouraged all around him to do the same.

A celebration of Carlos' extraordinary life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Main St.

Visitation with friends and family will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be considered in Carlos' honor to either: Meals to the Homebound, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Main St., Greeneville, TN 37745; or to: Greeneville/Greene County Humane Society, P.O. Box 792, Greeneville, TN 37745.

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