Rufus Whaley


IIRufus Sanders Whaley II, 50, a resident of Ooltewah, passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Hot Springs Village, Ark.He was of the Christian faith. He was a forklift mechanic. He was a past president of the McDonald Ruritan Club, and a past member of the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Tellico Bear and Boar Club. He was an avid outdoorsman.Mr. Whaley was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rufus and Hazel Whaley, and Bart and Marie Brown.Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Karen Whaley, of Ooltewah; two children, Rufus Sanders Whaley III, of McDonald, and Cassie Young and husband, Wade, of Huntsville, Tenn.; his father, Sanders Whaley and wife, Becky, of Cleveland; his mother, Ruth Kosoglow and husband, Jerry, of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; and two sisters, Rebecca Thurman, of Decatur and Jerolyn Blazquez, of San Antonio, Texas; two stepbrothers, Mark Kosoglow and Brian Kosoglow; father-in-law, Ray Ghorley, of McDonald; mother-in-law, Linda Ghorley, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; as well as several nieces and nephews survive.Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Jimmy Lewis officiating.Interment will be held in Lee Cemetery with Miles Ghorley, Brinn Shultz, Tim Ghorley, Ronald Lambert, Alan Norwood and David Blanks serving as pallbearers.His family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 17, 2013, at the funeral home.We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Whaley family guestbook at

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