DEACON SYLVESTER FOREST WHITELY: This brother beloved was born at Deanefield, Ohio County, Kentucky, on April 18, 1866, and is the son of Henry and Lucy Hobbs Whitely. He attended the grade schools at Aetnaville, Kentucky, and has followed the occupation of farming all of his life. Our brother was converted in the year 1878 and was baptized into the fellowship of the Zion Baptist Church by Elder Gabbert. He was ordained as a deacon of the Zion Baptist Church in the year 1898 and has served that church and the Whitesville Baptist Church in this office for the past forty-five years. He has also served his Church as Sunday School Superintendent, Assistant Sunday School Superintendent, as Moderator, and for the past fourteen years has served as the representative of the Whitesville Church on the Executive Mission Board of the Association. In all the above offices he has given faithful and devoted service and has gained the acclaim of the brethren as a Christian gentleman of the first order. Mr. Whitely is the brother of D. B. Whitely, lately deceased. On November 21, 1891, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Whiteler. She died in 1937. They had no children.
"A HISTORY OF THE DAVIESS-McLEAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION IN KENTUCKY, 1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 481-482.