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Zella Whitson

Zella Rea Whitson (Banks)

Friday, May 6th, 1949 - Friday, May 24th, 2019
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Obituary

Zella Rea Banks Whitson, 70, of Swannanoa, passed away May 24, 2019.

Mrs. Zella Whitson was born May 6, 1949 in Madison County to the late Tommy and Mamie Banks. She was a 1971 graduate of Warren Wilson College and taught English for 30 years at Black Mountain and Owen Middle Schools.

Zella is survived by her husband of 47 years, Kermit Whitson; daughter, Stephanie Whitson McDowell (Phil) of Swannanoa; son, Ryan Whitson (Erin) of Swannanoa; sister, Patricia Banks Sams of Mills River; grandchildren, Easton Whitson and Track Whitson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her loving friend and long-time caregiver, Shannon Quinn, who is a very special part of the Whitson family.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm at Harwood Home for Funerals with a celebration of life service immediately following with Rev. Kelvin Moseley officiating.

A private burial will be at the Whitson Family Cemetery in Yancey County.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Owen Middle School, General Fund, 730 Old US 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778 in memory of Mrs. Whitson.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Harwood Home for Funerals
    Address
    208 West State St.
    BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC 28711
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Harwood Home for Funerals
    Address
    208 West State St.
    BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC 28711
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Reverend Kelvin Moseley
  • Interment

    Location
    Whitson Family Cemetery
    Address
    BURNSVILLE, NC
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Don Brewer

Posted at 10:12am
We wanted to say we are sorry to hear about your loss! Our family has you in our prayers, such great memories were made on Mountain Crest with Her!!

Love the Brewers
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John Showalter

Posted at 09:30am
Zella and Kermit were my students at Warren Wilson College, fine people both, and my heart goes out to Kermit and the family.

John Showalter
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Posted at 07:56am
Praying for you all, always. Love, Jamie and Bruce
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Love, Jason & Kim

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Joy walker

Posted at 07:55am
My deepest sympathy to the Whitson family. I remember Zella Rea from Warren Wilson and she was the most down to earth person I met there. She was one of a kind.
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