Madren Boyce Whatley, known as Boyce or Buddy to his friends and family, left his earthly home in Midlothian, Texas to his heavenly home on January 22, 2017.
Buddy was born in a rural farmhouse on October 12, 1931, to Willis Wilson Whatley and Ruby Cleo Ray Whatley. After graduating from DeKalb High School in 1949; Buddy attended and graduated from Tyler Commercial College in 1950. There he met fellow student Darline Rawson. After graduating Buddy and Darline were married on December 15, 1951. Shortly thereafter, Buddy was hired by General Electric, and the young couple moved to Dallas. During their 65 years of marriage, Buddy and Darline were blessed with the births of their four children. They lived in Hurst Texas, Montclair California, Phoenix Arizona and Midlothian Texas.
After retiring from General Electric, Buddy opened a marble shop that he owned and operated until 2006. In 2001 he was treated for a mild cognitive impairment and was later diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s disease. Buddy liked to hunt, fish and “make mischief”. As an adolescent when he got into trouble, his twin sister Joyce always came to his aid. He always said he “was a lover, not a fighter”. Buddy enjoyed all sports – even though he was too small to participate in most. In high school, he tried out for the football team, but he was so small that his mother had to alter his well-used uniform to fit him and dyed it because it was so faded. You can imagine how he stood out from the other players -- a tiny player in a brightly colored uniform. At the time he weighed less than 100 pounds so the coach suggested that he would make a better “water boy”. But contrary to his earlier statement, Buddy proved to be a real fighter. As a young man in Tyler, Texas, Buddy entered the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament as a featherweight (less than 126 pounds) even though he weighed considerably less. He won the championship in 1953. Buddy’s fighting spirit was further exemplified by his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Even though he eventually lost the fight he battled relentlessly for over 15 years. Madren Boyce (Buddy) Whatley is survived by his wife, Darline Rawson Whatley, his four children, Rhonda, Boyce, Jim and Kyle, his grandchildren Jordan, Kelsie and Hayden, and his twin sister, Joyce (Melba Joyce) Miller of Weatherford , Texas as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E Ave E, Midlothian Texas on Saturday February 4th. Family visitation will precede the service at 10:00 AM with the memorial service to follow at 11:00 AM. In Lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the memorial fund at First United Methodist Church, Midlothian, Texas.