Died: Thu., Sep. 10, 2020


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 18, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

Interment following funeral service

Sat., Sep. 19, 2020
Location: Washington Park North Cemetery


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Sep. 19, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

Private Services

Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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            The legendary Yancey Edwin Whitley, Sr. was born July 24, 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana to William Earl Whitley, Sr. and Viola Floy-Whitley. Yancey was the oldest of six and he had much love and support for all his siblings.

            As a child, Yancey believed he could accomplish anything he set his mind to do, and he did just that. Yancey attended Indianapolis Public Schools and joined the United States Air Force at the age of 16, during the Vietnam War.  He served for 4 years and an additional 4 years in the Air Force Reserves. While overseas, Yancey quickly began to make a name for himself as a boxer.


            Yancey quietly went about his business creating his own unique relationships along the way. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, lifting weights, and participating in competitions from karate to brick breaking.

            In 1962, Yancey returned to Indianapolis and began his career at Carrier where he eventually met the love of his life. On July 4th, 1996, he joined in holy matrimony with Wanda Forrest-Smiley. He worked over 30 years for Carrier before retiring to focus on Whitley's Furniture which he is founder and owner.

            Yancey was a long-time member with AMVETS in  Indianapolis, where he had served for many years on their color guard team. He was also a lifetime member with the Naptown Riders.


            In the late 1990’s, Yancey re-committed his life to Christ, and began serving in the Purpose of Life Ministries Church immediately. As a lover of music, he was a member of the choir, the Male Chorus, the Men of Praise, and the Senior’s ministry. In 1997 he was ordained as a deacon.


            His final chapter was his best chapter. He never lost that boyish grin that signaled he was about to start something. Yancey fought to the very end, no matter how doctors counted him out. Yancey will be missed by all of his family, numerous friends and his dog, “Tootie” who stayed by his side to the end.

            Yancey was preceded in death by his father, Earl Whitley, Sr., mother, Viola Whitley, his son, Yancey Jr, brothers, Frederick Whitley, Ronnie Whitley, and William Whitley, Jr.; and mother-in-law, Mable Forrest.

Yancey leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife, Wanda Whitley; sons, Ryan Whitley (Larry), Demitrious (Regina) Whitley, and Laronzo Smiley (Beth); sisters, Benita “Niecie” Whitley and Vernetta Whitley-Trotter; sisters-in-law, Virginia Forrest, Doris Whitley and Pam Whitley; childhood friend, Grace Hawkins, longtime friend, Vincent Williams, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters in Christ.




Yancey will never be forgotten!!!   


Humbly Submitted…...The Family



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