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Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home

517 Clay St., Arkadelphia, AR

Phone: 870-246-4551

Dean D. Whitley

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Published: November 16, 2012

Dean D. Whitley, age 83, of Little Rock, formerly of Arkadelphia, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012. He was born November 22, 1928 in Hot Spring County the son of Guy and Rellie Hardin Whitley. He was a retired newspaper printer having worked for the Southern Standard in Arkadelphia, the Arkansas Democrat and retiring from the Arkansas Gazette. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Brookwood First Baptist Church in Little Rock.

Survivors include his wife Mattie Vanlandingham Whitley, three daughters, Cindy (Jim) Taylor of Cabot, Vicky Whitley and Tammy (Greg) Harrison all of Little Rock, four brothers, Lyndle (Juanita) Whitley of Donaldson, Milton Whitley of Okolona, Marlon (Earlene) Whitley and Don (Brenda) Whitley both of Malvern, three sisters, Bernice Smith of Hot Springs, Earlene (Paul) Phillips of Skiatook, Okla., and Earnestine Franklin of Amity, three grandchildren, Nathan Taylor and Emily and Gretchen Harrison.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17th in the Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Chapel with Pastor Doyce Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Caney Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. till service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be to the Caney Cemetery, c/o Elcyon Smith, 4100 Caney Rd., Bismarck, Ark. 71929. Sign online guest book at

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