Marianna Whitley

Published 5:32 pm Thursday, August 23, 2018

Marianna Whitley, 82, of Smithfield went to be with the Lord on Aug. 21, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Edla and Abram Norfleet. She was predeceased by her brothers, Robert Norfleet and William Norfleet.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert “Bob” Whitley; son, Robert Ivan Whitley II and wife Ruth J. of Smithfield; daughter, Leslie Whitley Garber and husband John of Harrisonburg; grandchildren, Stephanie W. Lee and husband Stephen of Fredericksburg, Kelly Whitley of Richmond and Jacob Q. Garber of Surf Side, S.C.; great-grandson, Luke Michael Lee; brother, Abram Edward Norfleet Jr. of Stoney Creek;  and sisters, Doris Bailey of Franklin and Margaret Saunders of Suffolk.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Marianna will be conducted on Aug. 26, 2 p.m. in Smithfield Baptist Church, 100 Wainwright Dr. Smithfield, with Dr. Donald Rhoton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center. Burial will be private at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Smithfield Baptist Church, Bereavement Committee.  Condolences may be registered at

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