Elvie Maxine Wheatley

Thursday, January 10, 1929 - Monday, April 12, 2021

Loving Mother and Grandmother

Photo of Elvie Maxine Wheatley  - 1929-2021

Sylva - Elvie “Maxine” Wheatley, 92, was carried home by the angels on Monday, April 12, 2021.

A native of Madison County, NC, she had lived in Jackson County for the past 50+ years. She was the daughter of the late Layfette and Elizabeth Self Rathbone. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard J. Wheatley; daughter, Deborah Wheatley Jones; sisters, Virginia Gowan, and Sandra Baker; brothers, Lester and Raymond Rathbone. Mrs. Wheatley was loved by everyone blessed to know her and she will forever be deeply missed.

Surviving are her children: Jerry (Nancy) Wheatley, Phyllis (Gary) Browning, Patricia (Larry) Bennett, Ronnie (Kim) Wheatley, and Mike (Phyllis) Wheatley; grandchildren: Daryl (Kelly) Jones, Crystal Britt, David (Jessica) Wheatley, Michael (Leann) Wheatley, Adam (Melonie) Bennett, and Amanda Browning; great-grandchildren, Emily, Tyler, Christian, Gage, Gunner, Erin, Hannah, Katie, Emily Long, and Samantha Brawley; great-great-grandchildren, Cooper and Liam; and a sister, Octavia Cutshaw.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, April 15 at Calvary Baptist Church in Sylva with the Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Stillwell Cemetery.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Wheatley family.

Condolences from family and friends

So glad I got to meet and know this lady. One of the kindest person anyone would ever meet. She always had something nice to say and a smile to share. And such a great Christian woman I know she is now walking on streets of gold. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.
Claudia King
Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family!
Carolyn Sizemore
Pat- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I send my love and prayers for you and your family. God bless you.
Patti Tiberi
Pat I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom will be missed by Many people. You know she is singing with the angels. I did not learn about her passing until I talked with Ruth after she had been to the service. I left a message on your machine. It is that 331 number. Take care and God Bless you and your family. I love you. Call me sometime when you have time. Take Care. Wanda
Wanda Cagle