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Stephen A. Whatley

February 17, 2023

Stephen Whatley Obituary

Stephen Anthony Whatley of Washington, DC passed away on February 17, 2023. He was a proud Washingtonian, loving husband and father, and loyal friend. Selfless service was the consistent thread stitched into the fabric of Stephen's life. He served in the United States Army for 22 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves. His civic career spanned three federal government agencies, where he served in key positions and received numerous awards. He was a lifelong champion for civil rights, marching with Dr. King in the March on Washington and the Poor People's Campaign. In DC, he fiercely advocated for lower utility costs, affordable health care, local infrastructure projects, and fully-funded neighborhood schools. He was committed to his community as a tireless and compassionate ANC Commissioner, a kind mentor, a gifted youth soccer coach, and an involved member at Nativity Catholic Church.

Stephen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from West Virginia State Univeristy and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University. Stephen was an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and a Connecting Link with The Links, Incorporated. He is survived by his wife, Annie, and daughter, Christina. Stephen is also survived by his two godchildren, two sisters, two brothers, and their many grandchidlren and great-grandchilden - Stephen's wonderful nieces and nephews.

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Celebration of Life
April 8, 2023

2:00 PM
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
3500 R Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20007


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