The South Carolina Whittle Families

Joe Claude Whittle passed away unexpectantly at his home, 225 Ashley Lane, Leesville, SC 29070, on August 4, 2018 in Batesburg-Leesville, SC at the age of 72. Joe leaves a wife of 51 years, Susan Whittle, son, Jay Whittle, daughter-in -law, Beth Whittle and four beautiful granddaughters, Caitlin, Ashley, Jayme, and Brooklyn. In addition, he leaves a sister, Sally Whittle Stein, brother-in-law Louis Stein, sister-in-law, Carolyn DeLaFleur, brother-in-law Douglas Yeager and his wife Kay, and a “favorite” cousin, Nathan Shealy. There are many nephews who will remember their special “Uncle Joe.”

As the passage on the website page below, “The Chosen”, is entitled, Joe was the chosen one to help tell the story. He loved genealogy passionately and would challenge each one of us to continue to tell the story.

Joe built the SouthCarolinaWhittleFamilies website with the help of SO many of you for the content. If you are the next “chosen one” to continue the work that Joe started, please contact Susan at

Joe and Susan were founding members of Dream Catchers, a youth group dedicated to providing resources for the youth of our communities. He was so proud of the work being done and was always a great supporter and benefactor. He would have liked for donations to be made to Dream Catchers, c/o Batesburg -Leesville Chamber of Commerce, P O Box 2178, Leesville, SC 29070 or to the charity of your choice.

Courtesy of the Lexington County Historical Society

In preparation for your visit to this website, we invite you to take a ride on the Train of Life. NOTE: To take this ride requires that you have Microsoft Power Point installed on your computer but it will open in Microsoft Word. For those who have speakers, the theme song is from the movie Forrest Gump. Brenda Laney had the following information about Whittle involvement in the movie.

"Did you know that the school bus in the movie is owned by a Whittle cousin and her husband? Mary Lee Whittle married Neal Hudson in Walterboro, SC. Neal has or had a garage on the land next to their house. Mary Lee's father and mother owned the land and built the house for Mary Lee and Neal's wedding. Anyway they said you could see the bus from I-95 and it may still be there. Their son, Steve, had a tiny bit part driving one of the trucks in the movie."

Please note that this site is a work in progress. If the link doesn't work, it means the link is not yet active.

New Civil War information has recently been added for many Whittle veterans thanks to resources at Although this is a "pay" site, lookups are free. There are millions of digitized Civil War documents from the National Archives. Check it out!

Our latest addition in 2012 is the history of Mount Willing, both in Alabama and South Carolina. All web pages that reference Mount Willing will have a link to this page.

We could sure use your help building this site. Please visit that "old trunk in your attic" and send us your family information.


In each family there is one who seems called

to find the ancestors.

To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,

to tell the family story, and to feel that somehow

they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts,

but, instead,

breathing life into all who have gone before.

We are the story tellers of the tribe.

All tribes have one.

We have been called, as it were, by our genes.

We are the chosen.

Those who have gone before cry out to us, Tell our story!

So we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.

How many graves have I stood before now, and cried?

I have lost count.

How many times have I told the ancestors,

"You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us."

How many times have I walked up to a grave,

and felt somehow there was love there for me?

I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts.

It goes to who am I, and why I do the things I do.

It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference,

and saying "I can't let this happen."

The bones here are the bones of my bone, and flesh of my flesh.

It goes to doing something about it.

It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.

How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,

their never giving in or giving up,

their resoluteness to go on, and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought, and some died

to make and keep us, a nation.

It goes to a deep and immense understanding

that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers

struggled to give us birth,

without them we would not exist,

and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach.

That we might be born who we are.

That we might remember them.

So we do.

With love and caring, we scribe each fact of their existence,

because we are they,

and they are the sum of who we are.

And so, as a scribe called,

I tell the story of my family.

It is up to that one called in the next generation

to answer the call,

and take my place in the long line of family storytellers.

This is why I do my family genealogy,

and this is what calls young and old to step up

and restore the memory,

or greet those whom we have never known before.

Author Unknown

Courtesy of Katrina G. Ray - 7/17/2008 Visit Katrina's Tribal Pages

Use the Typewriter below to send email requests, inquiries and corrections. This site was last updated 4 September 2018.

Susan Whittle
In Memory of Joe Claude Whittle
225 Ashley Lane
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29070

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