KINGSPORT — Mary Katherine Decker, age 79, of Kingsport, passed away at home Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
She was born January 13, 1932, in Sullivan County, TN. She was one of eleven children of the late Glen Franklin Rowland Sr. and Ida Ethel Martin Rowland. She attended Mountain View United Methodist Church.
Katherine was valedictorian of Holston Institute in Sullivan County in 1949. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in English. She taught American History at Enterprise High School for over 30 years in Enterprise, Alabama. She was a member of the Enterprise Education Association and the Alabama Education Association.
When Katherine wasn’t teaching, she spent her time at the beach and doting on her four grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers: Vernon P. Rowland, Earl K. Rowland Sr, Colonel Ray M. Rowland, James E Rowland Sr., & Glen F. Rowland Jr., all of Kingsport; and four sisters: Florence R.P. Fields, Stella Louise Rowland, Claire Rowland & Juanita Rowland, all of Kingsport.
Surviving are husband, Richard C. Decker; daughter & son-in-law, Jonne & Luke Williams, of Knoxville, TN; son & daughter-in-law, Jeff & Donna Decker, of Kingsport; four grandchildren: Joshua Decker & Aaron Decker, of Kingsport, Morgan Williams & Caleb Williams, of Knoxville, TN; one sister, Frances R. Fulkerson, of Kingsport; and several nieces & nephews.
Calling hours are from 3:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday, October 30, at East Lawn Funeral Home in Kingsport.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 PM Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Randy Lantz officiating.
A graveside service will follow. Grandsons & nephews will serve as pall bearers. The burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Please visit us at www.eastlawnkingsport.com to place a condolence to the Decker family.