This is the obituary for Kirby Green Whitley, of Verden, Okla.,
formerly of Albany, Gentry County,Missouril, son of Reece B.
Whitley and Elizabeth M. Witten, both of Albany, Missouri and
formerly of Tazewell County, Virginia.
From the Verden News, July 27, 1945.
Funeral services for K.G. Whitley, pioneer citizen of the Verden commuity will be conducted at 3:00p.m., this afternoon , July 27, at the Methodist Church with Rev. J.D. Salter, Chickasha, officiating. Interment will be in the Verden Cemetery with the Hansen Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
The music will be furnished by a mixed quarted composed of Mrs. E. W. Peters, Mrs. B.F. Loveless, Floyd Adkisson and F.G. Ransbarger who will sing "Never
Grow Old", "What a Friend", and "When they ring those golden bells", with
Mrs. F.G. Ransbarger playing the piano accompaniment.
Pallbearers will be C.R. Dahma, E.W. Peters, P.S. Kern, J.N. Kern, A.S. McVey,
and Fred Freeman.
Kirby Green Whitley was born December 7, 1866, at Albany, Missouri, and died
at his home in Verden at 1:10 p.m., July 25, 1945, at the age of 79 years, 7 months,
and 18 days.
He was married to Lillie Lee Williams March 24, 1890 at Albany. He moved his
family from Albany to a farm four miles south of Verden in 1902 where he lived
until 1917 when he moved to Verden.
He was a member of the Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge.
"Life will never be quite the same to those who knew him, while those who were nearest to him will long for him with unutterable longings-long for a father's counsel
and advice, and a husband's gentle and loving sympathy. He was a man of strong
christian character, patient, loving, and self-sacrificing."
Surviving members of the family include his wife, Lillie Lee; one daughter, Mrs. Mae
Heisler; two sons, A.W. Whitley, and Kirby Whitley, all of Verden; nine grand
children; eleven great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Frank Griffin (Griffith), Albany,
Missouri, and three brothers; Emery W. and Charles H. of Albany, and Hurley
H., King City, Missouri.
He was a farmer in Missouri and a farmer and grain elavator
manager while living in Verden, Oklahoma.
From the Verden News, Nov. 30, 1951.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Lee Whitley were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday
at the Methodist Church. Rev. Harold Leveridge, pastor officiated. Burial was in the Verden cemetery.
Music for the service was furnished by the Methodist choir who sang "No Night There" "Never Grow Old" and "Beckening hands". Mrs. Herschel Melton was pianist.
Casket bearers were J.N. Kern, Roy Hamrick, Paul DeBoard, Houston Beene, Percy Kern of Anadarko, and F. G. Ransbarger, of Chickasha.
Honorary bearers were Mrs. Sherman Hostick, Mrs. M.F. Petree, Mrs. B.F. Loveless, Mrs. C.W. Hamill, Mrs. Roy Hamrick, Mrs. Myrtle Reece, and Mrs.
F. G. Ransbarger, and Mrs. E.W. Peters of Chickasha.
Grandmother Whitley, as she was affectionately called by many friends, was born at Albany, Missouri on October 12 1864, and passed away at the home of her
son, Kirby Whitley, November 24, 1951 at the age of 87 years one month and
She was united in marriage to Kirby Green Whitley, March 24, 1890. They moved
to Verden in 1902 where they have since made their home. Mr. Whitley preceeded
her in death in 1945.
Mrs. Whitley was a member of the Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include three children, Aubra Wilber Whitley, South of Verden, Mrs. Mae
Heisler, Southeast of Verden, and Kirby Whitley, Verden; nine grandchildren, and
14 great grandchildren.