MDOT hosts dedication ceremony for Jones Co. fallen officer

MDOT hosts dedication ceremony for Jones Co. fallen officer

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) hosted a dedication ceremony designating a section of Highway 15 in Jones County as Marc Lee Whatley Memorial Highway.
The highway dedication ceremony was held on Thursday at Shady Grove Lunch Room in Laurel.
The 2015 Session of the Mississippi Legislature designated a segment of Mississippi Highway 15 in Jones County as Marc Lee Whatley Memorial Highway beginning at the intersection of Trace Road north to Mississippi Highway 537.  
Marc Lee Whatley attended Shady Grove Elementary School and graduated from West Jones High School in 1987.

He joined the U.S. Army upon graduation.

After five years of service, he began working for the Laurel Police Department.

Whatley later went on to work with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in Meridian.

He was planning to graduate with a criminal justice degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in December 1998.

Whatley died while on duty with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics on Aug. 20, 1998, leaving behind his wife, Lila Whatley, and two children.
"MDOT is honored to dedicate this section of U.S. Highway Memorial Highway to Marc Lee Whatley," Commissioner King said. "This
memorial will remind all of us who travel this section of highway in Jones County of the sacrifices made by men and women in law enforcement."
MDOT has erected and will maintain appropriate signs on this designated segment of highway in memory of Marc Lee Whatley.