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Kathryn Louise Whitt Sparks

Kathryn Louise Whitt Sparks


Kathryn Louise Whitt Sparks, age 98, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, TN following a brief illness. The family wishes to thank Dr. Chambliss Johnston and the 2nd and 3rd floor nursing staff at Franklin Woods and MSHA Hospice Care. They would also like to give their special thanks to the staff at Christian Care Center in Johnson City for the loving care and concern shown to Kathryn while she was a resident there.

Mrs. Sparks was born in Bristol, TN, on March 6, 1915 and was a daughter of Paris Haymaker Whitt and Nana Hatcher Whitt. She was a member of First Christian Church in Erwin, TN. As one of eleven siblings, Mrs. Sparks enjoyed spending time with her family.

Kathryn began her working life as an employee of Southern Potteries after graduation from Unicoi County High School in 1933. She met her late husband at Southern Potteries. She and Frank were married more than 68 years at the time of his passing. Kathryn had beautiful red hair and was the model for the famous Southern Potteries “Lucy Plate.”

Kathryn was a beautician, antique dealer and an avid amateur champion bowler. She participated in bowling tournaments from Atlanta to Las Vegas. She continued as an active bowler until she was age 82.

She was a great conversationalist who loved to laugh and was a joy to everyone around her. Kathryn enjoyed her birthday parties at Christian Care Center with “Lightnin’ Charlie” as her special guest entertainer.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by her husband Frank Sparks; four brothers: Thurman “Bus” Whitt, Bill Whitt, Alvin “Bud” Whitt, and Jack Whitt; three sisters: Maxine Whitt Jarrett, Gladys Whitt Landreth and Marie Whitt Laws. She is survived by two brothers: Robert “Bob” Whitt and wife, Maxine, of Blackshear, GA, and Kenneth “Jerry” Whitt and wife, Gay, of Unicoi; and a sister, Helen Whitt Miller formerly of Erwin, now residing at Christian Care Center.
She was very fond of her special nieces, Kay Allen and husband Doug, Jeanne Jarrett of Erwin, Cindy Landreth of Jonesborough, Amy Whitt-Bachman of Johnson City. Also, niece Carrie Lee Sparks Edwards of Erwin; Nephews Wayne Whitt, Johnson City; Mike Whitt, Jonesborough; Ralph “Junior” Sparks, Erwin and Everette Sparks, Gainesville, FL; Great-Great Nephew Issac McGee, Jonesborough; Special Cousins, George L. Hatcher, Jr., and Suzy Hatcher Hughes, Erwin and Numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family of Kathryn Louise Whitt Sparks will receive friends on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, TN. The memorial service will follow at 7:00 PM. Music will be provided by Charles “Lightnin’ Charlie” Dollinger. Friends may also call at the home of Kay Allen, 510 Fishery Park Road, Erwin, TN.

It was Kathryn’s wish to be cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 307 S. Main Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650.

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