Helen Elaine Tyrone Whitley
1927 - 2021
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On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Helen Elaine Tyrone Whitley passed away at the age of 93. She was born March 22, 1927 in Prentiss, Mississippi. She graduated from Prentiss High School then completed her education at the Mississippi State College for Women where she was selected for Who's Who in American Colleges of 1948. She moved to Baton Rouge in the early 1950's where she worked as a buyer in the ladies department at the Dalton Department Store on Third Street. She married John Whitley on November 7, 1953. Her son Tyrone arrived in 1954 and her son Jay was born in 1956. She gave up her career to be a wife, mother and dedicated homemaker. She was a member of the Baton Rouge Junior League working on the creation of the Baton Rouge Arts and Science Center. She supported her husband's work as vice president of Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance Company with her loyal attendance and social skills at meetings and travel events. Her support extended to her son Jay's playing days as a center on the LSU football team from 1974-1978. She hosted numerous players for meals and parties as well as attending home and away games with her friends Bob and Ann Stout. Helen was a member of University United Methodist Church then later at First Methodist Church. After her husband John's death in 2000, she had a long friendship with Dr. Bruce Baer until his death in 2016. Helen was preceded in death by her father, R.E. "Abe" Tyrone, her mother Merdie Mae Tyrone and her husband, John Beal Whitley. She is survived by Dr. John B. "Jay" Whitley, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Whitley and their children Rachel, John, Robert and Caroline as well as her son Tyrone Andrews Whitley and Amy Whitley and their children Jillian and Benjamin. There will be no visitation due to covid restrictions however the family will greet masked visitors from a safe distance outside the First Methodist Church starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 16. Service with proper seat spacing will begin inside the church at 11 a.m. Burial services will be held at Brady Cemetery in Prentiss, Mississippi at 3 p.m.

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Published in The Advocate from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JAN
16
Visitation
10:00 AM
outside the First Methodist Church
JAN
16
Service
11:00 AM
First Methodist Church
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January 20, 2021
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Matthew Gorman
Significant Other
January 19, 2021
Helen was a shining light and lit up the room. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, but will be forever grateful to have known her. Sending love and prayers to all of her family. I feel extra blessed to have known Helen!
Becky Poor
Friend
January 12, 2021
Helen was such a beautiful lady inside and out, and my family was blessed to share in her love for many wonderful years. She lived God's word radiating her joy to all those around her, and took on the role of "adopted grandmother" to my young adult children. We have no doubt that she is at peace with our Lord now, but send our condolences to you as her loving, gentle ways and happy smile will be greatly missed by all.
Kathy Baer McDowell
Friend
January 11, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Hope Bellelo
January 10, 2021
Helen Whitley was truly a lovely and loving lady - full of fun and joy whenever we met. She and “Whitley” welcomed us to Baton Rouge and FUMC in 1994; and we also had the privilege to share their company thru LAFBCIC. We will always remember Helen’s graciousness and infectious laughter, as well as her faith in Christ. We hold your family in thought and prayer as Helen is remembered.
Bob and Marce Warner
Acquaintance
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