Nancy Flo Bylander Whitley, 82, of Benton passed away Friday, March 28, 2014.
Nancy Whitley excelled in all areas of life and will be remembered for her compassionate spirit, unfaltering determination, and joyful outlook. She was born June 2, 1931, in Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her father, Edger G. Bylander; her mother, Faye Dallas; her stepfather, Lonnie Dallas; and one grandson, Matthew Whitley.
Nancy is survived by her husband, John Whitley; three sons, Rick Whitley and wife Sharon of North Little Rock, Randall Whitley and wife Vicki of Benton and Mark Whitley of Dana Point.; two grandsons, Clint Whitley and wife Elizabeth of Little Rock and Michael Whitley of Beebe; two granddaughters, Jolie Hobbs and husband Brett of Van Buren, Brennan Whitley of Berkeley, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren.
Nancy was raised in Little Rock, graduated from Little Rock Senior High Class of 1949, and attended University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Little Rock Junior College.
In the summer of 1950 she was Arkansas’s first female host of a radio show “The Nancy Bylander Show, Musical Memories,” on KXLR. In 1951 she married her husband John and they made their home in California where he was in boot camp. After his tour of duty in Korea they moved back to Benton to open a floor covering business and raise their family.
John and Nancy recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Nancy was active at Parkview United Methodist Church where she was volunteer church secretary for 20 years, served on the board, taught Sunday School and was the youth counselor.
She was a charter member of the Churches Joint Council on Human Needs and worked on the emergency committee for several years. She also served as chairman of the Office of Volunteer Services and president of the Council of Garden Clubs of Benton.
Nancy was honored with the Community Service Award on KTHV Eye on Arkansas television show for her volunteer activities.
For the last several years John and Nancy were members of First United Methodist Church of Benton.
Nancy was an accomplished athlete in several sports including bowling and golf. She won the club championship several times over the years. She was a gifted artist and spent time painting, wood carving and engaged in many other art projects.
The Whitley's enjoyed spending winters in South Texas.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today, March 30, at Ashby Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 31, at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the Dorcas Class of First United Methodist Church and a special friend, Jessie Ray.
The Whitley family is thankful for the love and support from friends and the volunteers and staff at Saline Memorial Hospice House. In lieu of flowers. donations may be made to a favorite charity.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com