Earl Whitley Sr. was born August 22, 1957 in San Antonio, Tx to Leslie and Katherine Whitley. He transitioned from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Earl accepted Christ at an early age. He was a member of St Stephens Baptist church under the leadership of Pastor Edward Hayes. Earl attended Gates Elementary, Riley Middle school, and Sam Houston High School where he received his diploma. Earl was employed as a driver for Golden West Oil Co. Earl was outspoken and a dear friend to all. His greatest pride and joy was his children and grandchildren. His fondest memories were spending time with his family and listening to blues music. He loved to DJ and sing. He had a loving and caring heart and will be truly missed. Earl was preceded in death by his mother and father, his 3 siblings Mary Nell Ross, Carl Whitley, Evelyn Whitley; his eldest daughter Tamika Titus, and grandson De’earlvion Whitley. Earl leaves to cherish his loving memories, his wife of 40yrs Yolanda Gistard, his three sons, Earl Whitley Jr., Kerry Banks, and Charles Whitley (Holly Whitley); two daughters Karen Banks and Cherrelle Whitley. His grandchildren, Daivonte Titus-Ross, Donnel Duhart Jr, Earl Whitley III, Donvan Whitley, Earlvontray Whitley, Donnell Banks, Jayson Banks, Ariane Banks, Charles Whitley Jr., Cyelan Whitley, Cameron Whitley, Christiyan Williams, two great grandchildren Daivonte Jr and Natalia. His four brothers Leslie Whitley (Charlotte), Fred Whitley, Leonard Whitley, and Arthur Ray Whitley (Lisa). His four sisters Rachel Hammond, Charlesetta “Bo” Jackson, Katherine Anthony (Mark Sr.) and Earlene Shelton (Percy) and a host of other relatives and friends.

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  1. My sincere condolences to Yolanda, Charles, Cherelle and their children. Earl was the beloved 40-year, life-partner of my first cousin and father of her children. He was a beautiful soul that will be truly missed. Rest in peace Earl…

  2. To the Whitley family my sincere condolences. Lifting you’ll up in prayer. I am sorry I can’t be there but I am praying and thinking of you’ll. Roxi

  3. Earl was my neighbor for more than 20 years. Deepest condolences to Yolanda & family.

  4. Gone from your sight but never your memories. Gone from your touch, but never your hearts. To The Whitley Family From Artelia And Family Hold On to God Unchanging Hand And He will see you threw. God Bless You All

  5. You will be GREATLY MISSED! Thank you for accepting me like one of your own and loving my boys unconditionally💙 Until we see each other again✝️ ~Holly Whitley (Daughter in law) ~Love you Papa (Charles Jr, Cyelan & Cameron)

  6. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Forever in our hearts.

  7. We send our Heartfelt condolences to the Whitley family.. We love you and will miss you Brother take your rest.

  8. Sincere and Heartfelt Condolences to the Families. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 Walter Earl Noble and Family.

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