Edward L. Whaley Jr.
35 Years Old

April 1, 1955 to April 22, 1990

Rusty was our only son of three children. He was our beloved middle child. Edward was a wonderful son and brother. He was very close to his sisters.

Rusty was a loving and responsible child and adult. He always did “the right thing” and was kind to others.

Edward received Christ into his life at a young age. He was a member of the Prospect Baptist Church. He sang in the church choir and was a member of the church Boy Scouts. He achieved Eagle Scout as a teenager.

Rusty worked as a lifeguard in the summer at a local park. He saved two boys’ lives.

Rusty was an outstanding student through grammar school and at Brained High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee from where he graduated with Honors. Edward then entered Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Edward obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Edward accepted a job with Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. While with the company, he had two patents pending for Oil of Olay Bar Soap and Folgers Coffee. He came home to Chattanooga as often as possible.

Rusty loved to play tennis and swim. He enjoyed drawing and painting pictures. I have some of his beautiful art on my walls. Edward also loved to tell jokes. Often, he did not tell the joke well but always laughed, making others laugh.

Edward was not given the opportunity to marry and raise children.

We miss Rusty very much...his death left a big void in our lives.

God Bless you, Edward Lee Whaley, Jr. ...we will meet you in Heaven some day…

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lee Whaley, Sr.
Sisters: JoAnn Whitlock and Deborah Sardin
Nephews: Eddie Whitlock, Jr., Woodie Sardin, Jr., Christopher Whitlock and William Whaley Sardin
Niece: Krystle Sardin
Brother’s-in-law: Woodie Sardin, Sr. and Eddie Whitlock, Sr.


While Edward was in his apartment, he was stabbed numerous times by Leroy Wallace. Edward was left dead in his apartment.

Leroy Wallace left the scene wearing Edward’s clothes because his own clothes were bloody.

There were no witnesses.

During the courtroom proceedings, it was always the State of Ohio versus Leroy Wallace. It was as though Edward did not have any rights since he was not there to defend himself.

Leroy Wallace was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter in 1990 by the State of Ohio.

Wallace was sentenced to 15-25 years in prison and has appeared before the parole board two times. He was denied both times.

Wallace’s next hearing will be in 2002.

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Edward Whaley