Elvie Maxine Wheatley
Loving Mother and Grandmother
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.