ERWIN — D.C. Whitson, age 88, 1123 Brinkley Road, Erwin, passed away Friday morning, December 16, 2011, in the Johnson City Medical Center.
He was born May 3, 1923, in Yancey County, North Carolina, but had lived most of his life in Unicoi County. Mr. Whitson was a son of the late Mallie and Sally Peterson Whitson. He retired in 1996 from Garland Tire Company after 33 years of service.
Mr. Whitson was a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary L. Whitson; three brothers: Mallie Whitson, Norman Phillips and George Phillips.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of sixty-three years, Kate Shelton Whitson; one son, Dallas G. Whitson, Kingsport; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a special daughter-in-law, Donna Whitson, Kingsport; one brother, Earl Phillips, Canton, Ohio; three sisters, Estella Martin and Ellene McNabb, both of Johnson City, and Nadine Phillips, Erwin; a special sister-in-law, Edith Shelton, Unicoi. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Funeral service for Mr. D.C. Whitson will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 18, 2011, from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate. Special music will be provided by Inez Chandler, Organist, and vocal selections by Ronnie and Amanda Shelton.
Active pallbearers will be Harry Mathes, Jason Whitson, Bobby Whitson, Ronnie Shelton, Adam Maggart and Dallas Whitson Jr.
Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. Sunday until service time at the funeral home and other times at the family residence, 1123 Brinkley Road, Erwin.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Whitson family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Whitson family. (423) 743-1380