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Cordella Grace Buchanan Whitson

Cordella Grace Buchanan Whitson, age 86, Spruce Pine, North Carolina, formerly of the Chestoa Pike Community of Erwin, Tennessee, passed away Thur sday morning, June 20, 2013, at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation of Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Mrs. Whitson was born in Mitchell County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Robert Calvin and Myra McClurd Buchanan. She was a former employee by Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Whitson was a member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church, Erwin. She was a loving mother and grandmother and loved fishing and cooking with her family.

Other than her parents, Mrs. Whitson was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Whitson; one son, Tony Lee Hollifield; two brothers, William E. Buchanan and Robert, “R.C.” Buchanan; two sisters, Pearl Vance and Gladys McHone.

Survivors include a son, Robert Stanley Hollifield of Marion, North Carolina; a daughter, Carolyn Dianne Whitson and husband, Reverend Holt Whitson, Jr. of Spruce Pine, North Carolina; a granddaughter, Angie Hollifield; two great grandchildren, Anthony and Austin Green all of Spruce Pine, North Carolina ; a brother, George Buchanan and wife Joyce of Greenwood, South Carolina. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service for Mrs. Whitson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Holt Whitson, Jr. will officiate.
The family will receive friends prior to the service between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday. The committal service will be immediately following the service at Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin, Tennessee.

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Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Whitson family. (423) 743-1380.