Obituary: James “PawPete” Whaley


Funeral service for James “PawPete” Whaley, 82, of Hanceville, will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 27, 2021, at Mt. Joy Baptist Church.  Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m, Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Mt. Joy Baptist Church.  Bro. Steve Rodgers, Bro. Charlie Pierce and Bro. Ronnie Whaley will officiate the service.  The interment will be at New Prospect Cemetery.

Cullman Funeral Home is honored to serve the Whaley family.

Mr. Whaley passed from this life September 24, 2021 at Cullman Regional Medical Center.  He was born in Cullman, Alabama on March 15, 1939 to Avis O. and Edna Campbell Whaley. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Whaley is survived by his loving wife of 56 years: Lenda Rhodes Whaley; sons: Jeff (Pam) Whaley and Jamie (Ashley) Whaley; grandchildren: Josh, Brandon (Chloe), Ty and Jaden; great-grandchildren: Nora and Addler Whaley.

Pete was an Airforce veteran who served with honor in the Philippine Islands for 18 months and at Offutt Airforce Base in Omaha, Nebraska.  He retired from Drummond Coal Company and finished his career at the age of 74 at Donahue Construction.

Pete started as a reserve deputy in the late 70’s and continued until his passing helping and supporting the Cullman County Sheriff Office.  He served as a deacon to his beloved church family at Mt. Joy Missionary Baptist Church where he was an active member for many years. Pete served as Chaplain at the Masonic Lodge.  He was a double charter member serving at both Trimble and Hanceville Masonic Lodges.  He was a member for 51 years.  He loved his masonic brothers deeply and they held a special place in his heart.

PawPete, as many knew him by, was loved by everyone that knew him.  He never met a stranger and loved talking to everyone he met.

Special thanks to all the friends and family that have prayed for and have sent your love to us during this last month.  We especially want to thank Dr. Joel Johns and the sweet nurses and staff at Cullman Regional Medical Center.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy can be shared with the Whaley family on the online guestbook at