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Official Obituary of

Sarah Virginia Whitley

October 1, 1955 ~ March 24, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Sarah Whitley Obituary

Sarah Virginia "Ginger" Whitley, 68, resident of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, slipped peacefully away from this life and into the arms of the Lord, on March 24, 2024. Ginger was born on October 1, 1955, a daughter to the late James Elisha Bateman and the late Olive Elaine Swindell, and was raised in Sandbridge, VA, with her five siblings.

Ginger moved to the Virginia Beach oceanfront and met the love of her life, Woodrow "Butch" Whitley, at the age of 17. It was love at first sight for the two young teenagers. Ginger and Butch enjoyed 40 beautiful years of marriage, happily raising their four amazing daughters by the beach: Virginia Dare, Summer Marie, Annabelle Elaine, and Angel Rose.

Ginger began her career at age 18 working in the mailroom for the City of Virginia Beach Treasurer's Office. After working her way up the department’s ladder for 35 years, she retired early as the Virginia Beach City Deputy Treasurer in 2005. During her career, she created the database program for the VA State Income Tax System. Ginger was the seventh employee to be inducted into the 1987 Virginia Beach City Employee Hall of Fame. Once retired, Ginger spent time writing award-winning poetry and started her own website, “Poems on Demand.”

After losing her husband and best friend, she realigned her stars and moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. There she found her dream home, the Gingerbread Manor. Ginger grew bountiful gardens, raised all types of farm animals, and she was truly living her life to the fullest. She will be remembered for her kindness, sense of humor, and all-around love for life. She adored her children and treasured the moments with her grandchildren: Skylar, Jackson, and C.J. from Virginia, and Bethany, Harper, and Rose "Rosebud" from Angel. Ginger was a dedicated wife, loving mother, the best "Nana," and a loyal friend.

Ginger is survived by her siblings, Rose Harrill, Venus Cleanthes, Issac Bateman, and James Bateman, Jr. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Woodrow "Butch" Whitley, and sister, Victoria Franklin. Ginger will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

A funeral service for Ginger Whitley will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1404 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451, to celebrate her wonderful life and to share precious memories.

In lieu of flowers, tributes and memories can be shared with her family at www.everloved.com “Ginger Whitley.”

"Happiness, health, wisdom, and wealth! If you have the first three, you’ve got the fourth!" ~ Ginger Whitley

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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Funeral Service
April 10, 2024

1:00 PM
Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church
1404 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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A reception will follow immediately after the service. Interment will be private.

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