Joe H. Whirley died at 12:55 a.m. Sept. 8, 2012, at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, at the age of 91. He was born in Windom, Texas, on March 23, 1921. The Colorado City area was home to him in his youth and he was saved at the Dorn Chapel in 1937.
As a World War II Veteran, he served his country in the Army under General Patton. He was married to Helen Hallman Whirley in 1947, until her death in 2008. They lived in Big Spring, Texas, for many years where Joe worked as a service technician for Montgomery Wards. He also worked as Civil Service at Webb Air Force Base and transferred to White Sands Missile Range in Las Cruces, N.M., where he retired in 1986.
In his later years, he relocated to Austin, Texas, and then Burleson. He married Lillian Robertson Carruthers Whirley in 2009 and resided in Burleson, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian; his daughters, Janine Manley and husband Ronald of Austin, Texas, and Marlene Bohannon and husband Danny of Burleson, Texas; four grandchildren, Dawn Manley Hicks, Rodney Bohannon, Joe Bohannon and Sarah Eno Manley; and six great-grandkids. He is also survived by his step daughters, Erin Gregory, Elsie Holland and Carol Hobbs of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at the Dorn Chapel at Colorado City Lake, Texas.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home, 338 Locust St., Colorado City, TX 79512.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.kikerseale.com.