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November 5, 2012


TARBORO — Dr. John Lambdin Whaley, 90, died at Carol Woods Retirement Community on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. He was born in Victoria, Va., the son of the late Dr. Harry Easley and Vera Lambdin Whaley. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University). His internship and residency training in Pathology and Internal Medicine were at the University of Oklahoma Hospitals, Oklahoma City, Olka. and the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Richmond, Va.

Dr. Whaley was board certified in Internal Medicine. He was attending physician at Edgecombe General Hospital and was in private practice with the Tarboro Clinic of Tarboro, NC for 31 years until his retirement in 1984. He served on various hospital committees and was the former Chief of the Medical Staff. He held memberships in the American Society of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. He was a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. He was a past president of the Edgecombe-Nash Medical Society, past president of the Coastal Plains Heart Association and a board member of the North Carolina Heart Association. He was the recipient of the Young Man of the Year Award for Edgecombe County in 1956.

Dr. Whaley was involved in various civic and church activities, having served as Chapter Chairman of Edgecombe County American Red Cross, a member of the Board of Directors of the Edgecombe-Nash Mental Health Clinic, member and former chairman of the Tarboro Planning Board and the Tarboro Kiwanis Club. He was a member of Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and president of the Men of the Church.

Dr. Whaley is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janie Dillard Whaley; two sons, John Lambdin (Jack) Whaley Jr. of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Stephen Dillard Whaley of Pittsboro; his daughter, Harriet Easley Whaley and her husband Elliott William Eddy of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Rachel Elizabeth Whaley and Elliott Jackson Eddy. He is also survived by his sister, Janet Whaley Larie, and brother, Robert Owen Whaley, both of Charlottesville, Va., and by seven nieces and nephews.

At the discretion of the family, there will be no memorial service at this time. Memorial contributions may be made via check or online to The Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (Bryan ADRC), Duke University Medical Center, Box 3503 DUMC, Durham, N.C. 27705.  Condolences may be expressed at


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