Don William Whitson, Sr.

March 14, 1938 ~ October 7, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Don Whitson, Sr. Obituary

Don William Whitson, Sr., age 85, of Unicoi, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 07, 2023, at the Unicoi County Hospital while he was surrounded by his family. He is a son of the late Zane Carroll Whitson, Sr., and Carrie Jack Whitson. Don was born in Tipton Hill, North Carolina on March 14, 1938. His family moved to Erwin when he was in first grade before making their home in Unicoi where Don would live the rest of his life.

Don was an Investigator for the Unicoi County Sherriff’s Department for many years. He was an excellent welder and engineer. Don worked on many different projects for other people such as building water wheels and hauling trailers. He formerly owned and operated Greenbrier Ranch and Saddlery. Don raised and rode Appaloosas. He was a fan of the Atlanta Braves and University of Tennessee Football. Don adored his children and grandchildren.

He loved Jesus and was a member of Memorial Union Church, Limestone Cove Community.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by one brother, Zane Carroll Whitson, Jr.

Don leaves behind to cherish his memory, two children: Don William Whitson, Jr. of Unicoi and Carrie Whitson of Johnson City; two grandchildren: Trinity Wyatt Marotta and Weston Briggs; one brother, Jim Whitson of Erwin; two sisters: Jean Lyle of Tampa and Pat Kennedy of Johnson City; sister-in-law, Diane “Di” Whitson of Unicoi; former wife and mother of his children, Amy Hall; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Unicoi Funeral Home. Pastor Scotty Whitson will officiate the 6:00 p.m. memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to help with Don’s funeral expenses to: Unicoi Funeral Home, P.O. Box 900, Erwin, TN 37650.

Don’s children would like to thank their mother, Amy Hall, from the bottom of their heart for the extended care she gave during Don’s illness. They are so thankful she has been able to be there for Don.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Whitson family at 

Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi is privileged to serve the Whitson family. (423) 743-1380.

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October 12, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Unicoi Funeral Home
4428 Unicoi Drive
Unicoi, TN 37692

Memorial Service
October 12, 2023

6:00 PM
Unicoi Funeral Home
4428 Unicoi Drive
Unicoi, TN 37692


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