Lee was born in Hampton, Tennessee to the late John Whitehead and Bessie Townsend Whitehead. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of fifty-nine years, Peggy Lorraine Guinn Whitehead on March 13, 2018; his brothers, Ernest Whitehead, Mack Whitehead, Bynom Whitehead, Stewart Whitehead and Sam Whitehead; his sister, Christine Rainbolt; his brothers-in-law, Bob Guinn, Carl Guinn and Dean Guinn; and one sister-in-law, Pauline Keller.
Lee was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was known as a compassionate and caring man with a heart as big as the outdoors. Lee was a member of Beck Mountain Baptist church and enjoyed woodworking, music and most of all spending time with his beloved grandchildren and his family. He will be very missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing Lee.
Those left to cherish his wonderful memory include two daughters, Vickie Lyons and husband Denny and Bridget Whitehead, all of Elizabethton; his three wonderful grandchildren, Shane Lyons, Heather Lyons and Summer Johnson and husband Josh, all of Elizabethton; his adored great grandchildren, Laken and Levi Lyons, both of Elizabethton and Abbie Johnson, also of Elizabethton; his brothers and sisters, Cordia Jones, Ellen Stout, Dennis “Black” Guinn, Claude “Pet” Guinn, Mary Gouge and Sue Stafford. Lee also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, his wonderful friends and neighbors.
A service to honor and celebrate the life of Lee Whitehead will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Sunday, July 14, 2019 in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Pastor Ronnie Campbell and Pastor Terry Richardson, officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Sunday, or at the residence at any time.
The graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Little, Jack Whitehead, Stacy Street, Josh Johnson, Levi Lyons, Shane Lyons, John Rainbolt, Danny Churchill and Ronnie Keller. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Fair, Jimmy Street, David Bass, Doug Slagle, John D. Snyder, Jerry Carr, Mike McKinney, Johnny Andrews, Luke Bell, Phillip “Boone” Webb, The Houston Timbs family, Danny Ray Henegar, his nephews and all his construction buddies. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at 12:15 PM at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton to go in procession.
The family would like to especially thank Chuck and Lorie Walden for the tremendous love shown to Lee.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the charity of their choice or to the Barter Youth Academy, 127 W. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, in loving memory of Lee.
Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com . Lee and his family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. Office: (423) 542-2232, service information line: (423) 543-4917.