Christian 03


Kenneth "Kenny" Ray Whitson

July 1, 2018


Kenneth "Kenny" Ray Whitson, 64, a native of Yancey County, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, July 1, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.  He was the son of the late Dan and Arlene Holloway Whitson.

            Kenneth enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He was a natural mechanic who seemed to be able to fix anything.  He liked watching NASCAR, fishing, riding four wheelers, tinkering with his hotrod and gospel singing.  After he dedicated his life back to the Lord in 2001, he spent a lot of his time in worship to Jesus and witnessing to anyone he came in contact with.

            Kenneth leaves behind a testimony of his love and strong Christian beliefs for his family and friends.  Until his health declined, he was a faithful member of Windom Baptist Church for 17 years, where he filled the many roles of Treasurer, Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and Choir Leader.  Through the years he worked for the Forestry Service, Brad Ragan Tire, OMC and Phil's Tire before becoming disabled in 2004.

            Surviving is his wife and best friend for 17 years, Bonnie Whitson; his son, Kenny Whitson and wife, Jenny; two daughters:  Melissa Bailey and Danielle Grindstaff and husband, Jerry; six grandchildren:  Dakota Thomas, Kaitlyn and Aidan Bailey, Callie and Ella Grace Whitson and Diesel Grindstaff;  one sister, Deanna Hoilman and husband, Gene; four brothers:  Steve Whitson and wife, Frances, Carl Whitson and wife, Juanita, Zyndell Whitson and wife, Sandra and David Whitson.  Several nieces, nephews, in-laws and their "furry children":  Logan, Samson and Sassy also survive.

            The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services.  Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.  Rev. Holt Whitson, Jr., Rev. Joe Bennett  and Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate.  A private graveside service will be held on Friday. 

            The family would like to say "Thank You" to the staff of Yancey Hospice for their dedication, loving care and support they have given to Kenny and his family during this difficult time.  A special "Thanks" to Anita Willis for going above and beyond her job as a Hospice Nurse and Joe Bennett who helped Kenny spiritually when he couldn't go to church anymore. 

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