James (Jim) Whaley, age 97 of Concord, DE passed away peacefully in the home of his daughter, Patricia Rayne, January 21,2022. He was born in Concord on July 13, 1924.
Jim joined the Navy at 18 for WWII. He served on several Navy ships and participated in eight invasions. After 20 years of service he retired and moved his family back to Seaford. He began his next career at the Methodist Manor House while they were building it and stayed until retiring again at 65.
Jim loved the Lord and taught Sunday School at Concord Methodist Church. Family was most important to Jim. He enjoyed woodworking and made furniture for most of his family. He and his family enjoyed waterskiing and did so until he was 81. Jim and Bernice put many miles on their motorhome crossing the country visiting Navy friends and extended family.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Dorsey and Elsie Elizabeth Whaley, brothers, Paul and Burton Whaley and a sister, Betty Baldree. He is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years Bernice (Ockels) Whaley brothers Emory, Bobby and Billy Whaley, and sister, Eunice Townsend. Son Kenneth Whaley (Tina) of Snow Hill, MD, daughters, Janice Arney (Kenny) of Bridgeville Patricia Rayne (Daniel) of Seaford, eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, January 26th at 1 PM at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 N. Shipley St, Seaford, where friends may call from 12 to 1. Burial will be in Blades Cemetery.