Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Carl R. Whatley, Jr.

02/21/1961 - 04/05/2017

Viewing Information

Family receiving friends, 6pm-7pm, Monday, April 10, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 12pm, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Basilica of St. Mary's Catholic Church
232 Chapel Street Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk VA

Carl Raymond Whatley, Jr. was born February 21, 1961 and passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Carl was a resident of Suffolk, Virginia where he resided with his wife of 33 years, Evette Faith. Following retirement from the military, Carl worked for Northrop Grumman in Atlanta GA as a Maintenance Mechanic from 2006 to 2008. He later moved to the Patuxent River MD location from November 2008 to September 2016 as a Maintenance Mechanic and Maintenance Controller. Most recently Carl was employed by Dyncorp in Patuxent River MD where he worked with a host of great people he considered friends. Carl joined the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program in July 1978 and began his career in 1979. He completed two Mediterranean Cruises onboard his first ship the USS NIMITZ. In 1984, he worked on the A-4F Sky hawk and FA/18 aircraft out of Lemoore, CA. He was advanced to First Class Petty Officer in 1986. While in Lemoore, Carl completed two Western Pacific sea deployments on the USS CONSTELLATION during Operation DESERT SHIELD. In 1991, he transitioned to instructor on duty for the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington, TN at the AMS “A” School, instructing 1500 students a year on proper Corrosion Control and metal fabrication. In 1994, he accepted orders to Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. While assigned there, Carl was the Leading Petty Officer in General Maintenance Division. He was selected to the rank of Chief in September 1996. In 1997, he took orders to VAW-124 in Norfolk as the Airframes and Corrosion Control Branch Chief while under way on the USS JOHN F KENNEDY. Carl was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2000. Carl was transferred to the Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Virginia where he performed Maintenance Malpractice presentations, Khaki Risk Management presentations, Operation Risk Management training, and performed Safety Survey’s around the world. In 2004 Carl transferred to VAW-126 where he served as Senior Enlisted Adviser and performed the duties as Leading Chief Petty Officer for Aircraft Division during the Mediterranean cruise aboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, he was the Command Senior Chief. Carl’s performance of duty has been reflected by numerous awards and medals including: Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (seven), National Defense Service Medal (two), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (seven), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (three), and Rifle Marksmanship Medal (sharp shooter). Carl loved his job as an aircraft mechanic and enjoyed working on airplanes, which is what drew him to the Navy. His interests were traveling, movies, woodworking, tinkering on cars, drawing, art, and music. Carl is survived by his wife Evette Faith Whatley of Suffolk VA, a daughter, Dr. Nicole Whatley of Memphis TN, a granddaughter Dahlia Cherie, a mother Dorothy Jackson, Glenolden PA, a sister Shandra Smith, Philadelphia PA, a brother, Anthony Jackson of Indianapolis IN, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and loving sisters and brothers in-law.

Gerard Garay Whatley Family, On behalf of Carl's co-workers and friends at VX-20, deepest sympathy for your loss. His love of country and commitment to the US Navy was demonstrated by his long career, serving both in an active duty status and as a military contractor thereafter. He was highly thought of by his extended Force family. Our thoughts are prayers are with you! VX-20, Force Aircraft Test Squadron
Posted: 4/11/2017
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Sarah Montague Prayers of comfort and sympathy.
Posted: 4/10/2017
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Sarah Montague Evette, Nicole and family you are in my thoughts and prayers .deepest sympathy in your great loss.God's comforting spirit abound you Sarah Andrea Jessica & Kevin
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Jeanette Covington Dear Evette and Family, I am sending my prayers and thoughts to you and yours during this time.
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Dan Vierheller One of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Always calm, cool, collected; a listener and a fantastic maintenance supervisor. Quite simply - everyone loved Carl! He will always be in our hearts and prayers.
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Ingrid Campbell Dear Evette and Family, Sending prayers for strength and guidance through this time.
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Tom Giblin Dear Evette and Family, So sorry for your loss! You're all in my thoughts and prayers!! Tom Giblin
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