Margaret Pace Whitley
August 21, 1931 – November 29, 2015
ZEBULON – Margaret Pace Whitley, 84, affectionately known as MaMa, “Margie” and Aunt Margaret died November 29th at Wake Med Hospital with her family by her side. She was born on August 21, 1931 to the late Charlie Boy and Annie Ruth Mangum Pace.
She graduated from Wakelon High School in 1949. Margaret began her career in State Government with the Department of Revenue and 35 years later retired from NCDMV. After her retirement with state government she worked for Merritt, Petway, Mills and Hockaday in Zebulon as long as her health permitted. She was a member and Past President of the Zebulon Lions Auxiliary. Margaret was a lifelong member of Wakefield Central Baptist Church where she served on numerous committees and taught the Nursery Sunday School class for more than 25 years. She enjoyed cooking, was famous for her cheese straws, and loved showing her granddaughters how to make her favorite recipes.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Clayton Whitley and her brothers Charles Wayne and Bobby Allen Pace.
She is survived by daughters Jeanette Hammond (Tom) and Paula Hux (Dale), both of Zebulon, granddaughters Shelli Rowland (Chris) and Marla Dale Ren Hux, step-grandson Justin Hammond, step great-grandsons Aaron and Justin Rowland, sisters Ruth Collins, Rose Gay (Wyatt), and Julia Creech (Penny), Brother Vic Pace, sisters-in-law Phoebe Pace and Janice Whitley, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Special thanks to her caregivers Luvenia, LaQuetta, Michelle, Mary, Tonya, Tasha & Dee.
Funeral service, 2 pm, Tuesday, December 1st, Wakefield Central Baptist Church, 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon, NC 27597.
The family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service from 12:30-1:45 at the church and other times at her home. Burial will follow the service at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Wakefield Central Baptist Building Fund, 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon, NC 27597.
Arrangements Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St. , Wendell. www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net