Donald Bates Whitley, of Cedar Creek, TXis breathing easy following a ravaging battle with COPD and ILD for the past several years. He deceased on September 7, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. David's Medical Center in Austin. Whitley was born in Houston, Texas, on September 25, 1920, to James Ezekiel Whitley and Bess Bates Whitley. Both his parents and one brother, James Andrew Whitley, preceded him in death. Judith Sanders Prinz Whitley, his soul mate and spouse, survives Whitley as well as their six children; nine grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Mr. Whitley's children are Donald Henry and his wife, Linda, of Parkersburg, W. Va.; Janet Faye Whitley, of Stephenville, Tex., and Patrick M. Burke and his wife, Shirley Carlisle Burke, of Cedar Creek. Mrs. Whitley's children are Douglas L. Prinz and Sue L. Prinz Brashar and her husband, John, all of Elgin and Lisa Prinz Crawford with her husband, Chris, of Cedar Creek. Grandchildren include Donald Joseph Whitley, of Columbus, Ohio; Aaron Faircloth and his wife, Barbara, of Ft. Worth, Tex.; Kelly Faircloth, of Paris, France; John Burke and his wife, Dora, of Buda, Tex.; Moriah Burke, Cedar Creek; Kyle Prinz and Paige Brashar, Elgin and Whitney and Marc Crawford, Cedar Creek. Mr. Whitley retired from the Bastrop County Sheriff's Department at the end of November 2003, forced by a serious accident in August when he was burned. He served in Bastrop County under the administrations of Sheriff Fred Hoskins and Richard Hernandez. For 18 years prior to that, Whitley traveled across the state instructing law enforcement classes for TCLEOSE. To some he became "Mr. Penal Code." He began his work in law enforcement in El Paso County where he worked for both the City of El Paso and El Paso County Sheriff's Department. He was a highly principled man whose faith and determination carried him through many difficult life challenges. He worked hard and was very independent. For those he called "friend," there was never a question about his loyalty nor his position on any matter. He demonstrated great integrity, immense knowledge, perseverance, trustworthiness and dedication to the cause of justice in all his dealings with his fellowman. He professed his belief in God and His son, Jesus Christ, without doubt or fear of recrimination and practiced his belief the very best way he knew. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 10, 2005, in the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Tahitian Drive in Bastrop. A time of visitation is set aside following the service at the Church. Arrangements entrusted to Newby/Jones Family Funeral Home in Bastrop, TX.