Edward F. Whalen
(Feb. 13, 2013)
Edward F. Whalen of Sweetwater, formerly of Tellico Plains,
went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Feb. 13, at his residence. He was a
member of the First United Methodist Church of Tellico Plains. He said he lived
a full life and had done so many things, a firefighter, brakeman on the
railroad, owning a lawn service, co-owner of a marina, and founder of Whalen
Construction to name a few. While
making his livelihood he said through it all it was the people, not the profession
that made life meaningful. He carried this belief with him even to the smallest
thing like coaching a baseball team. “It wasn’t the game it was the coaching of
people, making them feel good and about believing in themselves. The joys are
caring and sharing that love for each another.” He was and is a godly man. His
strong belief in God and family being there for each other is the backbone of
our family. He cherished the
importance of family and friends, and many of his friends were very close to
him. He always said love and
forgiveness are the most important things in life now and in the life to come.
He was 72.
Preceded in death by: his parents, Edward P. and Cecil
Sommers Whalen; and two sisters, Margaret VanDerlofske and Eileen Whalen.
Survivors include: wife-Karen E. Whalen of Sweetwater;
Daughters and sons-in-law-Eileen F. Whalen and Steve Bowen
of Tellico Plains; Kathleen and Mike Goca of Madisonville; Tracie and Jim Kile
of Sweetwater; Angel and Michael Duncan of Kentucky; Elaina Cross of Watervliet,
N.Y.; Melinda Case of Greenville, N.Y.;
Sister-Francis O’Halloran of New York;
Brothers and sisters-in-law-Robert and Rosemary Whalen of
New York; Timothy and Barbara Whalen of New York;
Grandchildren and spouses-Michael (Andrea) Goca, Mariah Goca,
Phillip Goca, Robby (Jennifer) Barger, Royce Barger, Noah Kile, Jonah Kile ,
John Griffith Whalen, Tiffany Griffith Kile, Jesse Glossom, Shelby Case and Derek Case;
Several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Feb.
15, in the chapel of Myers Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 8 p.m.,
with Rev. Bill Clark officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the
funeral home at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 and proceed to Unicoi Cemetery for
the 2 p.m. committal service. Noah Kile, Jim, Kile, Mike Goca, Robby Barger and
Steve Bowen will serve as pallbearers. The family request in lieu of flowers
memorials to be made to First United Methodist Church of Tellico Plains, P.O.
Box 194 Tellico Plains, TN 37385 or to the family. Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains.