Delores J. Whitley

Published 2:42 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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MURFREESBORO – Delores Jackson Whitley, age 81, of Merriman Avenue, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at the Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital of Ahoskie, NC.

Mrs. Whitley was born on April 27, 1941 to George Arps Jackson and Verlie King Jackson in Ahoskie, NC. She died on her birthday and is having a grand celebration with her Jesus. Delores was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister and cherished her family dearly. She recently authored and published a Christian children’s book, Petunia Bloom Meets Jesus, and was honored in the International Poet Society. She enjoyed flower arranging, and spending time at King’s Coffee. She loved all types of flowers and birds. Delores was a Christian lady that loved her Lord and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, James Eldridge Whitley, Sr.

Delores is survived by her daughter, Deanna W Bissett of Murfreesboro; her son, James Eldridge Whitley Jr. and wife Jane of Danville, VA; two grandsons, Adam James Bissett of Sanford, FL, and Eric Christian Bissett of Norfolk, VA; a granddaughter, Kacie Pierce Whitley of Danville, VA; and her sister, Margaret Carolyn Roland and husband Johnnie of Murfreesboro, NC.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 1, 2022, from 1-2 p.m. at Higher Ground Pentecostal Holiness Church, Ahoskie, NC. A celebration of life funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Church, with Rev. Ray Faircloth Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro, NC.

Flowers are welcome, or memorial contributions may be made to the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, 930 Wellness Dr A, Greenville, NC 27834, or Higher Ground Pentecostal Holiness Church, PO Box 923, Ahoskie, NC 27910

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Whitley family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting