Franklin Whaley
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Franklin Whaley

NAME

Franklin Woodrow Whaley

HOME OF RECORD

Wilmington

DATE OF BIRTH

12/30/1944

STATE

DE

DATE OF DEATH

May 20, 2010

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Army

INDUCTION YEAR

2017

Biography

Frank Whaley was born on December 30, 1944 in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from Claymont High School in 1963 excelling in baseball, basketball, and football resulting in a football scholarship to Ferrum College in Virginia. Frank was attending University of Delaware when he received his draft notice for August 1968. His basic training was at Bragg, AIT at Polk (Tiger Land), the fast track to Vietnam. Frank left for Vietnam in January 1969 and fought with the 1st Infantry Division, Company C, 2d Battalion (Mechanized), 2d Infantry as a rifleman and machine gunner. Frank reached the rank of Sergeant and received several awards during his tour including three Bronze Stars with "V" Device. Upon returning from Vietnam, Frank married Phyllis Clugston then reported to Ft. Benning fulfilling the remainder of his military obligation. Returning to their home state of Delaware, Frank worked for GMAC while completing his Bachelor's Degree under the GI Bill. He then began a respected career in the banking industry retiring as Vice President of Wilmington Trust Company. Butch (his family name) was a beloved husband, Dad, and Grandpop. Phyllis and Butch celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on January 24, 2010. Butch was the quintessential Dad to their daughter, Paige, and was so proud of her and all her accomplishments. Butch and Phyllis became grandparents in September 2007 and Butch reveled in his new role. He was such a proud and involved Grandpop and he and his grandson, Cameron shared an incredible bond during those 2 1/2 years of Cameron's young life. Butch was a man of honesty, integrity, commitment, strength and courage and will be forever honored, remembered and loved.

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR Franklin Whaley
POSTED ON 5.21.2020
POSTED BY: Phyllis Whaley

Forever In Our Heart

Today marks a decade since we said our final good bye - it seems utterly impossible. You have missed so much. Paige is continuing as a Professor at Hood and Gettysburg Colleges and is respected and loved by so many of her students. She is a wonderful and loving mother to Cameron. Cameron is now 12 years old, a very good student and an excellent basketball player. He is co-captain of his middle school team and leads the team in points and assists. He is a fantastic three point shooter. I wish with all my heart you could see him on the court. You would be so very proud. Mike has found his birth father and a whole new family in the process. And now the world is turned upside down in the midst of this dreadful pandemic. We need your strength, love and guidance now more than ever before. Please watch over us the way you always did here on earth - especially Paige and Cam and Mike. We will miss you forever and love and honor your memory every day. Love Never Lets Go. Forever and a Day, Phyl
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POSTED ON 5.20.2019
POSTED BY: Phyllis Whaley

We will love you forever

We lost you 9 years ago today and our world will never be the same. You were taken much, much too soon. In a perfect world, you would be here with us celebrating every holiday, witnessing every milestone, watching our grandson grow up, as you and I grow even older together. You were a good man and you deserved many more happy and healthy years here on earth with us. Then, Now, Always, Forever, and a Day. Love Never Lets Go. With all our love, Phyl, Paige, Cameron, Mike
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