James Henry “Bee” Whirley, Sr., age 78, of Keysville, VA, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 7, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward M. and Rosa Mae Whirley; and his sister, Dorothy W. Reed.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Frieda T. Whirley of the home; daughter, Carolyn W. Rhodes-Burnett Lee of Virginia Beach, VA; and a son, James H. “Jimmy” Whirley, Jr., Toni of Charlotte C. H., VA. Bee loved his seven grandchildren, Kyle James and Sam B. Rhodes of Powathan, VA, Tyler Lauren, Brandon Michael, Dylan Cole, Avry Bryant, and Emry Bee Whirley all of Charlotte C. H., VA; a brother, Marvin E. Whirley Josephine of Keysville, VA; and many nieces and nephews.
Bee was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Drakes Branch, VA, where he served as a Deacon. He has been the owner and operator of Whirley’s Service and Towing in Keysville, VA, for forty-nine years serving the public. He was well known by many far and wide.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Friendship Baptist Church, Drakes Branch, VA, with interment to follow in the church cemetery next to his parents. The family will receive friends at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, on Monday, January 9, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is in charge of the arrangements.