Rose Medlin Whitley

Rose Medlin Whitley

Rose Glen Medlin Whitley, 87 went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 22, 2020 at Avante nursing home in Wilson. She was born in Nash County, NC on June 30. 1932 to the late Otha Clifton and Rada Cone Medlin. She was a faithful member of Middlesex Church of God since childhood. She loved music and led the congregational singing at her church in her younger years.  She was also known for her large vegetable garden that she planted every summer and her strawberry patch.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William Avery Whitley and one son, Dewey Lynn Whitley, her brothers, Norman, Felton, Bill, Jerry and James Curtis Medlin, and sisters, Maybelle Brantley, Modell Bell, Violet Medlin, and Linda Medlin.

She is survived by 2 sons, Donnie Whitley and Danny Whitley and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.  A special thanks to her grandson, Sley Whitley & niece, Betty Jo for taking such good care of her for many years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the family c/o Sley Whitley, 3138 S. NC 231, Middlesex, NC 27557.

Private graveside Saturday, Oakdale Cemetery.  Her funeral will be available 4 pm, Saturday at 

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Darryl Mitchell Posted April 24, 2020 12:12 pm

    My memories of Rose Whitley was the Avon lady and the red back hymnal lady. I also remember her strawberry patches. She was a hard working lady. She would always make sure that her grandchildren went to church.

    A godly woman who left a legacy.

  • Tammy Augsburger Posted April 24, 2020 1:03 pm

    Sad to learn of the loss if your beloved grandma. I understand how special one can be. May you cherish your many memories of time spent with her. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • Sammy and Kim Leonard Posted April 24, 2020 1:24 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your grandmother, Heather (Tyler & Jackson). May your sweet memories of her help you find peace during this difficult time. Love you

  • Joni Broussard Posted April 24, 2020 7:26 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss!! I offer my sincerest condolences and pray for peace during you time of mourning and healing! God’s blessings!

  • Jennie Denton Posted April 25, 2020 1:51 am

    So sorry doe your loss. Your grandma was always the sweetest lady.

  • Suzette Brown Posted April 25, 2020 8:54 pm

    My earliest memory of farm life was staying with my Aunt Rose, barning tobacco, huge breakfasts with pitchers of milk so fresh it needed ice cubes, all the strawberries you could eat and Avon. Her home was always open and her heart filled with love and devotion to family. She is blessed to be Home at last.

  • Margaret Suits Posted April 26, 2020 8:01 pm

    Sley, we know that this is a very difficult time for you. Another piece of your heart is now in Heaven. You can know without a doubt that you did everything you could to make sure that Aunt Rose was taken care of. You had a special place in her heart, even we she couldn’t communicate , she always knew how much you loved her. She fought for many years, but she was getting so tired. You can know that all her pain, and heartache are gone. She is with God and all the loved ones that had gone HOME. When she took that final breath here, the next breath was in a place we can not imagine how wonderful it is. She has just began to really live. This is not a final goodbye, it’s just a time of separation. It won’t be long until we are all together again. Please know that you and all the family are in our prayers. Wayne & Margaret

  • Kerry Medlin Bumgardner Posted April 27, 2020 1:23 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of our Aunt Rose. She was the nicest kindest person to me. I have so many fond memories as a child on her farm. She let me milk the cow even though I was painfully slow at it, then she sat me down & I’d churn butter from milk I’d collected. She taught me how to string tobacco & what hard work really was. She always had baby kittens & dogs to play with. She was an awesome cook & master of fried chicken & biscuits. Her black shiny luscious hair pulled up high was her signature trademark. She had a beautiful voice & rhythm that lead the church choir every Sunday & Wednesday at Middlesex Church of God. She never missed a service. She was much loved & adored by me & her family. I know my father & all her brothers & sisters, mother & father are rejoicing in heaven now that she’s home. You will forever be in our hearts.

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