George D. “Buck” Whitley, 92, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald, Georgia.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Saturday, October 24, 2020, at The Paulk Funeral Home Chapel in Fitzgerald, with the Rev. Dr. Lloyd Stembridge officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.
Mr. Whitley was born April 6, 1928, in Irwin County, Georgia, to the late Bates & Mary Stephens Whitley. He was a car salesman for many years working for Stone Motor Company and Fitzgerald Ford. He also owned and operated Southside Motors for many years. His hobby was buying and selling…anything. He was the oldest living member and a Past Master of Pine Level Lodge #353 F.&A.M. “Bro. Buck” became a Mason in 1953 and was honored as Mason of the Year in 2015. He served many years as Director of Work for the Lodge and mentored many men in their Masonic journeys. He was a member of Arbor Baptist Church.
He is survived by his daughter, Jan Whitley Fussell of Fitzgerald; son, Jay & Marcia Whitley of Fitzgerald; grandchildren: Baylee & Blake Williams and Hunter Whitley; and a great-granddaughter, Laurel Jane Williams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Haddock Whitley; a son, Daniel K. “Danny” Whitley; a son-in-law, Wayne Fussell; a granddaughter, Jayne Fussell; three sisters: Anna Kate Van Pelt, Wylene Griffin, and infant Annette Whitley; and a brother, Glen Whitley.
The family suggests those desiring to send memorials, send them to, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105 or to Shriners' Hospitals for Children, % Hasan Temple, 1822 Palmyra Road, Albany, Georgia, 31701.