WALTERBORO: Mr. Harold E. Whiteley, husband of Judith “Judy” Smith Whiteley, passed away peacefully Friday evening, March 3, 2023 at Roper Hospital in Charleston. He was 84.
Harold was born in Charleston January 16, 1939 a son of the late Harold E. Whiteley Sr. and Maria Aytes Whiteley. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, where he proudly served on the USS Duval (LST-758). After returning stateside, Harold began a career in fire service which spanned thirty-one years, eventually retiring as a Captain with the Charleston City Fire Department. Never one to be idle, he was also the stage manager for the Gaillard Auditorium during that time, and owned his own business…J.H. Vending Company. Harold was a devoted employee of Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home for many years after retirement from the fire service. He was always available…day or night…compassionately helping families in need. In recent years he also enjoyed working for Wiggins Portable Buildings at their lot at the intersection of Bells Highway and Robertson Boulevard.
Harold was a Christian man and was always eager to help others. He had attended Great Swamp Baptist Church, and was currently a member of Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church, where he served on many committees and was a Deacon. He was a “Jack of all trades”, and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In addition to his wife of fifty-two years, Harold is survived by his son Keith L. Gwynn, and by his daughter Tammy W. Moore. He has four grandchildren: Matthew Gwynn (Alexis), April Wyndham (Ryan), Veronica Rivera (Manuel) and Lauren Moore. There are four great-grandchildren: Parker and Jasper Gwynn, and Sophia and Manny Rivera. Harold was preceded in death by his son-in-law Gregory A. “Greg” Moore.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning, March 6, 2023 at 11:00 at Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 in the church sanctuary, and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church. Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home, 117 Paul Street in Walterboro is in charge of arrangements.