Max Ray Whitley

March 19, 1932 - June 29, 2018
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Whitley, Max Ray, 86, passed away on June 29, 2018 in Irving where he had been a longtime resident and educator. Max was born on March 19, 1932 in Upshur County(, TX to Benjamin Franklin Whitley and Katie Lou (Duffey) Whitley. He was a graduate of Winnsboro High School and went onto receive his Masters Degrees from Sam Houston State University. Max also served in the US Navy Reserves for many years.
Max married the love of his life Jacquelyn Raye Olson on December 20, 1953 in Thrall, Texas. They moved to Irving in 1966 where they were longtime members of First United Methodist Church.
Max began his 30 year career with Irving ISD. He taught and coached at Irving High School and was Principal of Lamar Junior High School and Travis Junior High School.
He was preceded in death by his Parents; Son, Keith Whitley; and brothers, Benjamin Whitley and John Wesley Whitley.
Max is survived by his loving wife, Jackie; daughter, Taryn Whitley Perkins and husband, Lowell; three grandchildren, Garrett Glen Perkins, Kate Elizabeth Lee Whitley, and Grant Ray Perkins; two sisters-in-laws, Margaret Olson and Jo Whitley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10:00AM at Perryville Cemetery in the Perryville community near Winnsboro, TX.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11:00 am in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary.
The Family ask in lieu of flowers donations be made to First United Methodist Church or The Alzheimer's Foundation.

Service Information

Date: July 20, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Date: July 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 am

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Jan Mayo
Irving, TX
I first knew Max aka Mr. Whitley as the Principal of my Junior High. Later in life, the roles reversed and I was the “teacher” in a class Max and Jackie attended at church. You were always such a kind man and I was so honored to have known you.
David Fox
Sherwood, AR
I met Mr. Whitley when I registered for school and had just moved to Irving.  I don't recall, but I think it was his first year as principal at Travis Middle School as well and I was the first student he spoke with and registered, coming in from summer break.  I remember a fair educator.  I remember his son Keith in my PE class when he had time to teach us.  I didn't have need to see him much, but he remembered my name every time I passed in the hall.  I read so much care in his family and friends that knew him.  I wish I knew him for more than the great educator he was.
Larry & Gwen Craig
Irving, TX
Jackie, we are so sorry for your loss.  We pray for the Lord’s comfort and strength for you as you make your many decisions.  Love & prayers.
Larry & Gwen Craig
Keith Meeks
Wills Point, TX
Thoughts go out to the Whitley family. Mr. Whitley was a tremendous role model and father figure to many including myself. He represented everything a man should with a strong will, a kind heart and passion for his family. He made a impact I am sure, on many during his years as an educator and his leadership abilities. I am privileged to have been impacted by him, Ms. Whitley and the values they have. He will be missed.
Thoughts to Ms. Whitley, Taryn and all the Whitley Family
Keith Meeks
ywachetta Driver
Solana Beach, CA
I Am so sorry to hear this news.
Our family loved and respected Max, Such a wonderful
man. He made a difference in so many lives he touched.
We will always have the memories of all the good times we had with you and Max.

Much love to you Taryn and family

Robin Rogers Shrode
Rockwall, TX
Dear Jackie and Taryn,
My heart and prayers are with you now. Max was such a great man and I always enjoyed him when we would all go out together. I know he was the love of your life sweet Jackie.
Love, Robin
Kathy Phillips Mulgrew
Plano, TX
Sending you prayers and blessings Taryn.  I remember your dad as such nice man with kind eyes.  Hope you are well.
Sarah Enright Gray
Irving, TX
Taryn - I am so sorry to hear the news of your father's passing.  My thoughts and prayers are of you, your mom, and your entire family today and in the days to come.  Love and Blessings, Sarah
Juanita Gonzalez
Arlington, TX
I first met Max in 1999 while working within the hospitality industry for Darlene Bush.  We were introduced to each other by dear Wally Wimbish at DFW airport as we would both be working the same bag claim for a meet & greet assignment.  Max was a special person with a kind and gracious heart.  Thank you MAX for being such a generous person. 

For Max's family -- May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead and the loving memories of Max bring you comfort. 
God bless you.
Buddy Schmotzer
Sedona, AZ
Max was my hero.  I miss him greatly and I hope the best for you Jackie and all of your family always.
Annette Stephens
Decatur, TX
Taryn, I am so sorry to hear of your father's death.  He was a good man.  May you find peace and comfort knowing that you have many friends who care about and love your entire family.
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