Albert P. "A.P." Whaley Jr. passed away at home Monday, July 28, 2008. The service will be at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday at Lake Ellen Baptist Church in Crawfordville. Harvey-Young Funeral Home is handling arrangments (850-926-3333). In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Legion Post 82 of Lanark and Big Bend Hospice. He was born in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 4, 1942, and graduated from St. Andrews High School. He joined the U,S. Army and was first stationed in Ft. Jackson, S.C. He, among many other things, was in the Norfolk Air Defense Command and the Philadelphia Air Defense Command. He went to flight school and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was in Vietnam less than 30 days during his first tour when he was shot down and received the Purple Heart. He also earned the Bronze Star with Oak Cluster. Upon returning for his second tour, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross Award. Leaving Vietnam he was stationed in Alaska and received the Legion of Merit Award. He then went to Fort Rucker, Ala., and flew for the U.S. Army Precision Demo Team with the Silver Eagles Helicopters. He was also a flight examiner at Fort Rucker. After serving 20 years in the Army, A.P. retired and was presently the owner/operator of CAT V charters in Carrabelle. He is survived by his wife, Becky, of Lanark; three daughters, Jo Ann Taylor (and husband Billy) of Newport and Lynn Mayfield (and husband Jimmy) of Crawfordville, Kelly Hall (and husband Greg) of Wichita, Kan.; a son, Jud (and wife Heather) Miller of Jacksonville; eight grandsons, Michael James Mayfield (and wife Krista) of Fort Gordon, Ga., Jimmy Lee Mayfield (and Mallorie) of Crawfordville and Trey and Trevor Taylor of Newport, John Henry and Eli Miller of Jacksonville, Charlie and Jack Hall of Wichita, Kan. ; and one great-grandson, Camden Mayfield; and two great-granddaughters, Charlie Mayfield and Brylee Mayfield; one sister, Alice Dockendorff (and husband Bill) of Palm Harbor; and a niece, Cheri L. Dockendorff of Tarpon Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert P. Whaley Sr. And Cherrie L. Whaley, and a nephew, Patrick Dockendorff. The family members would like to express their thanks and gratitude to his friends on Dog Island and the members of the American Legion Post 82 Lanark.
Published in the Tallahassee Democrat on 7/30/2008.
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