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Celebrating the life of
Bertram McVae "Birdie" Whitley
April 26, 1928 - May 22, 2018
Bertram McVae "Birdie" Whitley
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • A Memorial Service Will Be Held at a Later Date

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Whitley family. Please know that God is close to the broken-hearted. He will always help you to endure “Psalm 147:3” also “2 Corinthians 1:3”.

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My sincere condolences to the family, may you find comfort from the scripture at Isaiah chapter 25:8. That scripture along with others gives us future hope when it comes to losing loved ones in death.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

Sad to hear this news, A good man with a great legacy. He will be remembered and missed.

Cleve Poole, Greenville, AL

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

Bertram McVae “Birdie” Whitley passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 surrounded by his family in Savannah, Georgia.

A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, his personal integrity was well known, and his loyalty and patriotism were never doubted. In his spare time, he was a veracious reader, an amateur clock maker, a collector of antiques and a devoted fan of The University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

He stated on many occasions that those he admired the most included his father, General Robert E. Lee, General Douglas MacArthur, Winston Churchill and Paul William “Bear” Bryant.

Born April 26, 1928 in Norfolk, Virginia he grew up in the city of Franklin or the Southampton County area of Virginia. An accomplished high school athlete, he attended Franklin High School, graduating in 1946. He joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War as a member of the 17th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Division. Upon discharge, he attended Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternal organization. After college, he was employed by Camp Manufacturing Company as a cost accountant and after the subsequent merger with Union Bag & Paper Company and the acquisition of W.T. Smith Lumber Company, he transferred to Chapman, Alabama to serve in the role as assistant to the Resident Manager. In 1974, he assumed the role of Controller of the Building Products Division moving to Savannah, Georgia in 1975 where he remained until retiring in 1993.

He was preceded in death by his parents Garnett Emerson and Naomi H. Whitley, his two brothers; Franklin Ellsworth Whitley (Lessie) and Garnett Emerson Whitley, Jr. (Florence) and most importantly the love of this life Joy Howard Whitley.

He is survived by his two sons, Bertram McVae Whitley, Jr. and Benjamin Gordon Whitley (Janet), three grandchildren, Ammie Rogers Akin (Will), Bertram McVae Whitley III and Virginia Howard Whitley and three great grandchildren Jack, George, and Henry Akin.

He will be entombed with his wife and there will be a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers and if so desired, he requested in advance that remembrances be bequeathed in his honor in support of Stratford Hall, The Birthplace of Robert E. Lee Memorial or The University of Alabama.

Lastly, the family would like to offer their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staffs of Marsh View Senior Living, Savannah Square, Hospice of Savannah, the critical care doctors and nurses at Memorial Health University Medical Center and his long-term physician Dr. Robert Brown all of which gave such amazing care.

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Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Whitley family. Please know that God is close to the broken-hearted. He will always help you to endure “Psalm 147:3” also “2 Corinthians 1:3”.

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Candle tribute lit by John Paul Price — Georgia

My sincere condolences to the family, may you find comfort from the scripture at Isaiah chapter 25:8. That scripture along with others gives us future hope when it comes to losing loved ones in death.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

Sad to hear this news, A good man with a great legacy. He will be remembered and missed.

Cleve Poole, Greenville, AL

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA


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