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Obituary: Anthony Tony Wheatley, 70, formerly of Adair Co., KY

Mr. Wheatley spent his childhood years in Columbia, KY and made many friends here with his wit, his winning smile, and his strong character. He was a graduate of Adair County High School, and was a starting forward on the varsity basketball team as an upperclassman. He spent most of his adult life in Madisonville, Hopkins Co., KY where he worked as a conductor for CSX Railroad. A devout Christian, he was a member of Christ the King Church in Madisonville, KY and was a fourth degree member of the Father Glahn Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Anthony "Tony" Edward Wheatley, 70, Madisonville, KY, died Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 8:30pmCT, at his residence.

A Memorial Mass for Anthony Edward Wheatley will be held at 2pmCT, Saturday, February 27, 2010, at Christ the King Church, 1500 Kingsway DR, Madisonville, KY, with Father Gerald Calhoun officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8pmCT, Friday, February 26, at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home, 231 North Main ST, in Madisonville, KY.

Anthony Edward Wheatley, formerly of Adair Co., KY (1939-2010)

Anthony Edward Wheatley was the son of the late Anthony Leo Wheatley and Charlotte WIlson Wheatley of Columbia, Adair Co., KY. He was born Friday, March 24, 1939, and died Tuesday, February 24, 2010, in Madisonville, Hopkins Co., KY, at the age of 70 years, and 11 months.

He was a member of Christ the King Church in Madisonville, KY, where he was a fourth degree member of the Father Glahn Council of the Knights of Columbus. He worked as a conductor for CSX railroad and enjoyed golf, woodworking, and fishing.

Anthony Wheatley spent his childhood years in Columbia, KY, and attended public schools here. He was a graduate of Adair County High School in 1958, played basketball under his uncle, Coach John Burr. He retained many friends in Adair County throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Lena Frankum Wheatley, Madisonville, KY, and the following:
  • Two sons and daughters in law: Martin and Emalene Wheatley, Madisonville, KY; and Tony and Michelle Wheatley of Hanson, KY

  • Two daughers and sons in law: Liz and Doug Hoard of Madisonville, KY; and Debbie and Bob Herrmann of Warner-Robbins, GA

  • One sister and brother in law: Carroll and Thea Powell, Columbia, KY

  • One aunt: Jenny Moss, Columbia, KY

  • Nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, six great grandchildren, eight step grandchildren, and three step great-great grandchildren
Memorial donations may be made to the Mahr Cancer Center, Christ the King Maintenance Fund, or Green River Hospice.

Sign the online guestbook for Anthony Edward Wheatley.This obituary is a courtesy of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY.

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