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Originally published: 2013-10-24 10:40:20
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Jeff Whitson

Jeff Whitson, 61, of Boone, passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center.

Jeff was born May 27, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a son of Hester L. Sanford Whitson and the late Thomas W. Whitson. He served in the United States Navy, retiring after 20 years of service. After his military career, he became a licensed funeral director/embalmer, where he was employed with Hampton Funeral Service Inc. in Boone. Jeff was a member of Boone Church of Christ.

In addition to his mother, Jeff is survived by his wife, Kay W. Whitson of the home; two sons, Joshua Whitson and wife, Amber, of Milton, Fla., and Jason Whitson of Jacksonville; two brothers, Jerry Whitson and wife, Shelia, of LaGrange, Ga., and James Whitson and wife, Judy, of Tuscaloosa; and his sister, whom he called "Favorite," Jan Simpson of Crescent Lake, Fla., He is survived by no grandchildren, "Yet," but is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas W. Whitson.

Funeral services for Jeff Whitson will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Boone Church of Christ. The body will lie in state at the church from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Officiating will be Minister Randy Covalt. Full military honors, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow the funeral service.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boone Church of Christ, 130 Cool Woods Drive, Boone, NC 28607, or to American Legion Post 130, in care of Finley Hodges, 886 Laurel Fork Road, Vilas, NC 28692.

Online condolences may be sent to the Whitson family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.