Stanley Robert (Jake) Whaley Sr., 85 years old of Selbyville, DE, passed away peacefully at home on January 12, 2021, after a brief illness.
Stanley was born on June 7, 1935 in Selbyville, DE, to the late Dorothy E. Stanford. The eldest of four children, Stanley did not have the opportunity for much formal education. He helped on his family’s farm and worked odd jobs he could find, starting from an early age. Stanley was drafted and served in the United States Armed Services for a short period. His two greatest passions were hunting and baseball. He played on and managed a local Negro baseball team.
When Stanley was a young man, he went to Masonry School in Washington, DC, where he learned the formal trade of bricklaying. His strong work ethic and a desire to take care of his family led him to start his own business, Whaley Construction Company. His company became one of the largest independently owned minority construction companies on the eastern shore. He employed over 500 workers over the course of his lifetime. Whaley Construction Company built many hotels, banks, private schools, and homes in and around Ocean City, Maryland.
Stanley retired from the construction business in 2013. In his later years, he continued to stay busy with farming and selling produce to local community.
He was preceded in death by, one son Stanley Robert Whaley Jr, and three sisters, Dorothy Baynes, Deloris Collick, and Mildred Bailey.
He is survived by five sons: John Holland of Delmar, MD, Orlando Cepeda (Joyce) Whaley of Olney, MD, Keith (Chavonne) Bailey of Salisbury, MD, Virgil Bailey of Annapolis, MD, Robert Anthony (Shantee )Bailey of Salisbury, MD; six daughters: Deborah M. Bartley of Bear, DE, Standra Purnell of Bowie, MD, Carol (Ivan)Morris of Glen Burnie, MD, Mashelle Purnell of Berlin, MD, Dolores Foreman of Glen Burnie, MD, and Kathy Whaley of Salisbury, MD; 31 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 4 cousins: Jack Jarmon, Howard Whaley, James Wise and Shirley Parks, and a host of nieces, nephews, other extended relatives and friends.
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