Captain Curtis E. Whaley
Captain Curtis E. Whaley, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, charted his flight home on June 17, 2014, with his daughter Sandy, granddaughter Laurel and son-in-law Rick by his side.
He was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Augusta, Georgia, to the late Mrs. Ethel Gunn Whaley Barnhart and William Whaley. Curt graduated from Richmond Academy in 1948 and The Junior College of Augusta in 1950. He joined the U.S. Navy and began his active flight training with the U.S. Naval School of Pre-flight at NAS Pensacola in 1950. He was married to the late Janice Schryer Whaley for 43 years.
Lieutenant Commander Curt Whaley enjoyed his service in the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot in squadron VF-32. His ship, the USS Tarawa, was en route to Korea when the conflict ended. He retired in 1975 from the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Captain Curt Whaley flew the great silver fleet with Eastern Airlines for more than 33 years and was forced to retire early due to a cardiac condition. He was an avid golfer, traveler, boater, pilot and devotee of the Pensacola Symphony, Opera and Pensacola Little Theater. He was a member of the Silver Falcons, REPA, the Tailhook Association, ALPA, and The Order of Daedalians.
Curt is survived by three children: Eddie Whaley (Tammy), Newnan, Georgia; Sandy Whaley DuVall ( Rick) of Powder Springs, Georgia; and Steve Whaley (Leslie) of Acworth, Georgia. Curt leaves five grandchildren: Christopher, Mathew, and Michael Whaley, and Ryan DuVall and Laurel DuVall. He was preceded in death by one grandson, David DuVall. Curt's five siblings survive him: Butch Barnhart, and Billy, Barry and Jeep Whaley, and Louise Whaley Edenfield.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel at Pensacola Naval Air Station, 131 Moffett Road, Building 1982. A memorial service will follow visitation at 1 p.m. with burial to follow at Barrancas National Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at a celebration in Curt’s honor immediately after the burial at the Mustin Beach Club at Pensacola NAS.
In lieu of flowers, Curt had requested memorial contributions be made to the Curtis Whaley Memorial Scholarship to help fund Laurel’s medical school education. Please endorse for deposit only account #173650074, in care of USAA Federal Savings Bank at 10750 McDermott Freeway, San Antonio, Texas 78284-8426.
Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, GA 30152; 770-422-7299; www.winkenhoferpineridgefuneralhome.com .