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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Terry L. Franklin Sr.
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020
Sister Whitley this is Bro. Terry Franklin. I am so sorry to hear about Deacon Whitley's passing he always treated me like a close nephew I love the fact that he always kept a smile on his face when he saw me at least and when we sang together he was always giving me pointers. I wish that I could have been around to see him a couple of more times before he passed. I pray for you and the whole Whitley family that God blesses you gives you peace and a sense of completeness because he is now in his new mansion new body and living and excellent life now with Yahweh (Jesus). Again my heart goes out to you and your family make this the big celebration of his home going no sadness no tears just Joy and happiness love you Sis. Whitley 😔

Deacon Tom and Barbara Williamson
   Posted Wed September 16, 2020
Sis Wanda and family, Barbara and I send our deepest condolences. Yancey was a great friend and Deacon of the church. He loved singing in the male chorus. We had some great times in our group. He will be sorely missed. Remember to look to the hills from whence cometh your help. All your help comes from the Lord.

Dianne Archey
   Posted Thu September 17, 2020
Wanda, I was so sorry to hear of Yancey’s passing. Know my prayers of love, strength, comfort and peace go out to you and the entire family. May God sustain you during this hour of sorrow. Blessings to you. “Weeping May endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.”

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