He went to New Hope High School and received his Bible degree from Liberty University. A Godly, loving and genuine man, Bro. Tommy was the pastor at Bigbee Baptist Church over 20 years and had pastored at other churches in Alabama and Mississippi. Guided in life by the Lord and His Word, he enjoyed preaching God’s Word and ministering to people. A compassionate and giving family man, Bro. Tommy enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His hobbies were doing yard work, watching football, bowling and listening to Southern Gospel.
Survivors include his soul mate, Gloria E. Harris of Fayette; daughters, Kim Norris (Mitch) and Becky Gregory (Paul) of Amory; grandchildren, Leah Beth Gunter and Joshua Norris, Rachel Sargent, Jessica and Amanda Segovia, Anna Beth Harris and Austin and Emjaii Gregory; great-grandchildren, Briley and Sydney Sargent, Rynn and Rivers Gunter, Kylie and Colton Gregory, and Caylie and Adam Harmon; brothers, Shirley “Doc” Whaley of Vernon and Lee Wayne Whaley of Millport; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Tommy E. Whaley Jr.; sister, Mayzell Belue; and nine brothers.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Meadowood Baptist Church with Bro. Milton Martin and Bro. Jim Harrington officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mitch Norris, Paul Gregory, Joshua Norris, Brandon Sargent, Thad Gunter, Buddy McCullough and Randy McCool. Honorary pallbearers were the men of Bigbee Baptist Church.
Memorials may be given to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 661, Amory, MS 38821; St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or a charity of choice.
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