Charles Whitby, 98, of Union City died Monday, July 27, 2020, at Union City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Graveside services will be held at noon on Wednesday in East View Cemetery, with Dr. Cecil Sewell and Dr. Mathew Nance officiating.
The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Wednesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Gary Houston, Mike Hutchens, Allen Nohsey, Frank Johnson, Ed Griffin, Cloney Taylor, Paul Olexa and Paul Buckner. Honorary pallbearers will be Carol Ward, Dana Goodman, members of the Carlton Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church and members of the Hardee’s Coffee Club.
Charlie was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Cades, son of the late John Thomas and Willie Frank (Leach) Whitby. He married Shirley (Cooley) Whitby June 8, 1984. She passed away Sept. 25, 2014.
Charlie was a graduate of Union City High School and the owner and operator of Whitby’s framing for over 25 years.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, having served as a member of Merrell’s Marauders from 1942 to 1945 in the Southeast Asian theater.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was a member of the Carlton Sunday School class. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a past president of the Union City Shriners Club and a past president of the Union City Civitan Club, where he was a 50-year member.
He also was a member of the Jones-Walker Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 4862 and American Legion, a past officer of the West Tennessee Florist Association and a charter member of the Union City Booster Club.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Jean Whitby of Union City; three grandchildren and the spouse of one, Cannon and Shari Whitby of Collierville, Heather Lansaw of Union City and Denver Whitby of Hickman, Ky.; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sammie Whitby; his son, Jimmy Whitby; and his grandson, Eric Whitby.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.