Celia Revell Whaley, 91, departed from this world to join her heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 1, 2009.
Sister Celie, as she was known in the community, was born and raised in Wakulla County in the community of Green Oak(between Sopchoppy and Smith Creek). She was one of six children born to Clay and Minnie Revell.
While attending Sopchoppy High School, Sister Celie was best known for her basketball and running skills.
Sister Celie married Emmett Whaley in 1937 and together they raised seven children, Clayton, Renee,Marie,Jacquelyn, Linda Koweta, Edwin and Willard (Junior). She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
Sister Celie was a beloved "church" mother to many Wakulla countians, as she played a vital part of Bro. Emmett's ministry at Beulah, White, New Home, Bethel, Spring Creek, Whidden Lake and Friendship Primitive Baptist churches. She was Bro. Emmett's "doll baby" and will be remembered for her beautiful white hair, beautiful smile and sugar-doll greeting.
Funeral services will be at 9 am Saturday, July 4, at Friendship Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Pigott Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm July 3, at the church. Harvey-Young Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Sister Celie is survived by her husband of 72 years, Elder Emmett Whaley; two sons, Clayton (Alene) and Willard (Becky), and three daughters, Renee, Marie (Cal) and Jackie (Robert); 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jewel Reynolds.
Sister Celie was preceded in death by her son, Edwin, and her daughter, Linda Koweta.
Emmett Willard Whaley
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