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Friday March 6th, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Aaron James Whatley

Aaron James Whatley, “Whatley” to his friends, was born February 8th, 1987 in Sylva NC full of life and ready to entertain. He passed away peacefully in his childhood home on March 3rd, 2020 from complications from seizures. In 2015 he started having seizures that they found were caused by a large mass on his brain that they were able to remove. In spite of these health issues he chose to continue living life to its fullest, mountain biking, fishing with his dad, brother and nephews, camping, hanging out with family and friends, being the tickle monster to his niece and nephews and chasing sunsets. Aaron was blessed with many wonderful friends and family who helped him make the best of every day. He is remembered for his smiles, blue eyes and contagious joy! Aaron leaves behind many heartbroken family and friends that were blessed to have known him. He was the son of Jim Whatley and Judi Whatley, brother to Adam (Laura) Whatley and Sarah (Boomer) Rish, and a very proud Uncle to Kasey, Tucker, Addie and Lander. Aaron grew up in Sylva, NC attended Scotts Creek Elementary and Smoky Mountain High School. He graduated high school and headed north to Maine to hike back to Georgia on the Appalachian Trail with his mom. He later got a degree in Avionics and was working in the field of avionics when his seizures started. At this point he moved from Colorado back to Sylva. Through the last 5 years he had lived here in Sylva surrounded by family and friends and doing all the things he loved! The family will receive friends Friday March 6th, 2020 at Appalachian Funeral Home from 6-8pm. The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date and will post details on Facebook. In lieu of flowers the family would love for you to join them for the celebration of life and bring a covered dish.

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So very sorry for your loss.

Marge Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Aaron Whatley

Marge Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM

Aaron was my "shotgun man" in our van on an ASP trip to West Virginia when he was in high school. I treasure that trip in getting to know such an awesome young man so full of contagious energy and love. He was one of a kind and I loved him. God bless you Aaron.

Kim Woodard Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Aaron Whatley

Kim Woodard Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM

I remember clearly this young man when he was just a toddler at the Belk Child Development Center in campus. I see clearly his big, beautiful and bright eyes. Such a sweet baby to love on and play with. Judy I am so sorry. Sending love.

Rhonda Burrell Williams Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Aaron Whatley

Rhonda Burrell Williams Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

I enjoyed working with Aaron at the Smokehouse; a great guy to work with.

Rita Eaves Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Aaron Whatley

Rita Eaves Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

A fond memory of Aaron was when he was a young teen and he was at home in the living room and the room was quite full of friends and family but he come bounding in like a deer laughing and smiling and jumped over the couch to get near his dog, Bob. Aaron made us laugh and giggle at that time he was a sweet child. Rest in peace DearOne

Geraldine Collins Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Aaron Whatley

Geraldine Collins Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

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