Darlene Kay Whitley

July 22, 1961 - October 29, 2023
Darlene Kay Whitley

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Darlene Kay Whitley, a free-spirited and independent soul, unexpectedly left this world on October 29, 2023, at the ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Born on July 22, 1961, in Beaufort County, NC, she lived a joyous and fulfilling life until her passing at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC. She was 62 years old.

As she navigated through life, Darlene found great joy in her family and caring for the elderly and those in need. Her son, grandchildren, great-grandchild and even grand dogs felt the warmth of her love. Her dedication knew no bounds.

Darlene’s interests extended far beyond her immediate family. She had a special fondness for the beach, where she found solace in the presence of dolphins, embodying a deep appreciation for nature. All animals, especially dogs, held a special place in her heart, exemplifying her compassion and kindness towards every living being.

In the face of adversity, Darlene’s spirit remained unbroken. She was known for her high-spirited nature, infectious laughter, and her unwavering commitment to those she loved. Family always came first in her life, and she would gladly give the shirt off her back to help her loved ones. While she had a strong personality and a “her way or the highway” attitude, it was a testament to her convictions and determination in everything she did.

She leaves behind a legacy that includes her husband Alvin Bryan Whitley; and her son, Bryan Whitley (Shannon Lee Wilkins), who will forever treasure the memories they created together. Darlene adored her granddaughters Shanna Ramsey and Payton Whitley, and great grandson Noah Asby who brought immense happiness to her life. Inseparable lifelong friends, Pat Ross and Teresa Lee, shared countless adventures and laughter with Darlene, making their bond unbreakable. Her brother, Derek Evett, sister, Tina Early, and many beloved nieces and nephews also mourn her loss, cherishing the loving moments they had with her.

Darlene was preceded in death by her mother, Beulah Mae Evett, father, Ezickel Thomas Stanley, and brother, Edward Stanley.

In the tapestry of life, Darlene Kay Whitley will remain a cherished thread—a free spirit who lived life on her own terms, with boundless passion and unwavering loyalty to her loved ones. May her laughter echo through our memories, reminding us to embrace each moment with the same spunk and love that she fiercely embodied.

To honor Darlene’s wishes, a private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Darlene’s name to the Beaufort County Animal Control Shelter . 3931 Highway 264 E. Washington, NC 27889

During this difficult time, Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service of Washington, NC is honored to serve the Whitley family.

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  • November 06, 2023
    Melinda Murdock says:
    Darlene, I will miss seeing you down at Slatestone and catching up on Family issues. It is truly a shame we didn't get together for a bills hot dog or whatever just to shoot the breeze but You, Sheena, and Me will meet again on the beach we so fondly love and sit back and just reflect on times gone by. Intil Then Rest In Peace. Your Cousins, Melinda and Sheena

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    Tabitha Ward says:
    You were always a sweet and kind person to me and my family for many years. You will be greatly missed.

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  • October 31, 2023
    Tracy Ball & Doris Ball says:
    Darlene me, mom and Wendy will forever be grateful to the kindness and love that you gave us. You will always be missed and remembered. I'm so glad u came to see mom, me and Addison on Moms birthday October 8th. Little did we know, that would be the last time I saw you. I know you are in a much better place and knowing that gives me a bit of peace. Miss you already and please give Grandma Dot, Aunt Hazel, Aunt Hilda & Aunt Barbara kisses and hugs from all of us here on earth. Until we meet again look out for us down here RIP

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