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Kate Whitson

kate WhtisonKate Whitson, age 88, of Erwin, was called home on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Johnson City Medical Center. A Unicoi County native, Kate was a daughter of the late Robert and Rebeca Jones Lyle. She was a member of Fishery Community Church where she was a former choir director. She worked for the former Southern Pottery. She loved her flowers and she loved visiting her friends in the nursing home.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Bob Whitson on June 8, 1995, sons Gary and Don Whitson, sisters Grace Lyle and Ruth Moyers, brothers Jack, Frank, Gene, Leno, Ned, and Sye Lyle.


Kate Whitson has left behind to cherish her memory:

Sons:   Mike Whitson and wife Angel of Erwin,

Scotty Whitson and wife Cindy of Erwin,

Daughter: Cathy Whitson and Louis Shelton of Jonesborough,

Brother: Edward Lyle and wife Brenda of Erwin,

Sister:  Marie Whaley of Erwin,

Daughter-in-law: Leah Whitson of Johnson City,

Grandchildren: Chase and wife Beth, Dalton, Erick, Seth, Michael and wife Jessica, and Peyton Whitson,

Great grandchildren:    Noah Jackson Whitson, Kathryn Whitson, and Braden Honeycutt.


The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Kate Whitson in a committal service to be held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery with Rev. Tim Tapp and Rev. Rusty Wishon officiating. Vocal selections will be led by Gil Moody. Those attending the graveside service will meet at Valley Funeral Home by 1:30PM to go in procession to the cemetery.


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements were made especially for the family and friends of Kate Whitson through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave, Erwin, 423-743-9187.