Dwight Avery Whitley, Sr.

Dwight Avery Whitley, Sr.

Dwight A. Whitley, 92 of Knightdale, transitioned to his heavenly home to live with Jesus on March 27th. His funeral will be Wednesday, March 30 at 2:00 pm at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Dwight is survived by his soul-mate of over 72 years, Peggy Sue Buffaloe Whitley, Children: Beverly W. Cratch (Ken) of Washington, NC, Carol W. Dean (Mickey) of Wendell, Avery Whitley of Knightdale, Amy W. Chandler (Jack) of Lincolnton; Grandchildren: Amber W. Fowler (James) of Knightdale, Brent Whitley (Colby) of Knightdale, Kaiti Chandler (Alex Royster) of Lincolnton, Daniel Whitley (Tiffany Duty) of Zebulon; Great-grandchildren: Jaimee Fowler, Sadie Fowler, Owen Fowler, Kendylle Whitley, Faith Whitley, and due this summer- Avery Jo Whitley; Siblings: Billy Whitley (Ruby Jean) of Greensboro, Carolyn Shropshire of Raleigh, and Sandra Massey of Knightdale, many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents: Owen Ruffin Whitley and Lessie Wall Whitley, Siblings: Margaret Oglesby, Velma Snipes, Arthelia Whitley, Thera Chapin, Bob Whitley, Ervin Whitley, and Lawrence Whitley.

Dwight graduated from Knightdale High School in 1948. He retired after almost 44 years of dedication from Pine State Creamery. He worked in the Maintenance Department and served as Maintenance Supervisor for several of his later years at the plant. Dwight’s passion was farming. He loved the land and driving his Farmall and Massey Ferguson tractors.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Knightdale Baptist Church, P. O. Box 21 , Knightdale, NC 27545, or Buckhorn United Methodist Church, 8102 NC Hwy 42, Kenly, NC 27542, or to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Lisa Bailey Posted March 28, 2022 12:21 pm

    Carol & family,
    I am so sorry about your father’s passing. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Thelma Medlin Posted March 28, 2022 4:07 pm

    Dwight was probably one of my first “crushes” as a youngster…I always thought he was so good looking! Then I later married Billy
    …his first cousin!! Seriously, I’ve always loved Peggy and Dwight…two very special people. God bless the whole family during his time of grief.
    Love, Thelma Robertson Medlin

    • Beverly Cratch Posted March 31, 2022 5:49 pm

      Thelma George – a crush on my daddy. I love it – that’s quite something as you were one of the prettiest girls around. Thanks for sharing that memory❤️

  • Daniel O’Neal Posted March 28, 2022 6:08 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Whitley (Dwight). I remember Dwight from my youth on the farm on Smithfield Rd and his children. While I was 20+ years younger than Dwight, he was respected by my parents and family in the neighborhood, and the times I was in his presence, he always presented himself as a kind and jovial gentleman. Very respected in his local community and the surrounding area. Please accept my most sincere condolences to all of his family, especially to my dear friends Sandra Massey and Kathryn Massey, whom I have managed to stay in contact with through the years. May he rest in peace as his transitions to his next level of life.

  • Mary & Don Winslow Posted March 28, 2022 7:06 pm

    Our love and heartfelt prayers go out to Mrs. Whitley, Pastor Carol, Mickey and the rest of the Whitley family. We are members at Buckhorn UMC.

  • Kathy Lane Posted March 28, 2022 9:11 pm

    Carol, so sorry for your loss. Please know you and all of your family are in my prayers. Sending love and hugs.

  • David & Donna Parrish Posted March 28, 2022 9:30 pm

    Aunt Peggy and family. What a special fellow Uncle Dwight was.
    He was always such a special part of my life growing up. He enjoyed hanging out at my shop with Jake, Sam Jr and Greg .He enjoyed the fellowship and Carrying on and made lots of friends around the Lodge.
    He will truly be missed by all of us !

    Prayers for all of you and lots of love
    David & Donna Parrish

  • Ron and Cindy Salyer Posted March 28, 2022 10:48 pm

    Avery, We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Daddy. May God Bless you and the family. We have such fond memories.
    Love and Prayers Ron, Cindy and Family

  • timothy Owen chapin Posted March 30, 2022 6:47 pm

    To all Y’all, my dear Whitley Family, I am deeply saddened that my Uncle Dwight was called home to be with our Lord, Jesus. All in His time I guess…What an honor it was today to join everybody at the remembrance. I am one of four boys from Bob & Thera (Whitley)Chapin, so proud to be named after my grandaddy, Owen R. Whitley, still out here in California, but my memories of Uncle Dwight letting this little boy drive his tractor while hired hands picked choice tobacca leaves to fill the wagon and hang it up to cure in the barn, I remember like it was yesterday. Sending my love and respect for a great man, and all his wonderful family.

    • Beverly Cratch Posted March 31, 2022 6:04 pm

      Thanks Tim. Daddy loved keeping you California boys in the family NC dirt whenever he could.

  • Pam Williams Posted April 2, 2022 10:38 am

    Avery and family, So sorry to hear of the death of your daddy. He lived a good life. So many good things I remember about you and your family. May God be with you and your family during this time. Love, Pam

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