Fredrick Alan Whitson

December 27, 1950 ~ March 19, 2019

Born in: Johnson City, TN
Resided in: Kingsport, TN

Fredrick Alan Whitson (Rick, Reeko), 68, of Johnson City, departed this earth for his heavenly home, March 19, 2019, at Holston Valley Hospital surrounded by family. Rick entered his earthly life on December 27, 1950, to his parents Isaac and Grace Abel Whitson. His Father passed in October 1983, and his Mother only nine months ago in June 2018. He was also proceeded in death by a baby sister in April 1949. He graduated from Science Hill High School in 1969 where he was a member of the Opto and DECCA Clubs. His senior year, he was voted class superlative by his classmates for Best Dressed, which was a truly appropriate title. During high school, Rick?s paychecks went to Hannah?s and The Squire Shop in downtown Johnson City for his layaways of only the best clothing and alligator accessories. Rick was a 39 year active member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 538 of Johnson City. During those years, he worked at job sites in numerous states alongside his Father, brother, and many close relatives and friends. He was truly proud of and had continuous enjoyment from his beautifully renovated home (credit to Wayne Cotter), his love of multiple genres of music and his classic ?Easy Rider" style Harley Davidson chopper. Rick was generous with his younger siblings, offering them .25 cents to later .50 to iron his shirts or brush & braid his hair. Any remaining IOUs are now forgiven. Rick could litigate with the best of them and even sent a case to the Supreme Court. He was of the Christian faith. Rick is survived by his loving son, Roddie Heath Whitson-Lynskey; seven siblings: Ike Whitson (Anna), Gary Fair (Sandra), Nancy Story (Jerry), Cindy Wolford, Amy Barr (Howell), Jeff Whitson (Kathleen) and Kittye Hirsch (Jamie); nephews and nieces: Gabe Hirsch, Clint Gwin, Jeremy Whitson, Justin Whitson, John Barr, Avery Dabbs, Joseph Barr, Kim Dagnan, Jared Story, Audrey Story, Ben Fair & Spencer Fair; great & great-great nephews & nieces; many Whitson and Abel cousins; son?s Mother Toni Lynskey; numerous close lifetime friends; many close co-workers; and special pets, Cat Dog and BB. The family of Fredrick Alan Whitson will receive friends at Morris Baker Funeral Home on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, immediately followed by a celebration of life service officiated by his cousin, Mike Abel. The family will welcome, at the closing of the service, anyone wanting to share a humorous Rick memory. Honorary Pallbearers will be Frank Hamilton, Herman Price, Sammy Blankenship Frank Hooks, Kenny Crowder, David Dockery, Bo Alvis, Tom McConnell, George Parris, Wayne Cotter & Alan Warren. In lieu of flowers, please consider an animal shelter or animal hospital to help those needing assistance with financial costs for their loved pets. Our family offers heartfelt thanks for the vast number of visitors at the hospital, phone calls, emails, social media comments, prayers of love, and concern shown to both Rick and family during the last several days. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Michael Grosserode, Dr. Jay Mehta, Dr. Schoondyke and the doctors & staff of both JC Med Center and Holston Valley for your care of Rick.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Love and prayers to Rick’s family ??

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great friend and I thoughts and prayers go out for the family.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I sincerely can say I always loved Rick?s great personality. He was a great person, and I know he will be missed by family and friends.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ken and I are so saddened to hear that Rick has passed. He always took time to talk with us whenever he saw us in Johnson City, and we truly enjoyed those times. You are in our thoughts and prayers now and also in the days ahead. Please accept our sincerest sympathy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Rick was such a good around guy it’s hard to find a place to start. We certainly shared a great love for music and similar musical tastes. I’ll never forget my introduction to Van Halen back in 1978; “hey Kent, I want you to listen to this” when he put on Eruption through his notorious and fabulous sound system. He knew he was about to blow my mind. I was never quite the same after that. We certainly had a lot in common and we had many great times together. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Cindy and the rest of the family.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Rick for being such a mentor of kindness and like a good older, run?n buddy, and brother during my teens and young adult years. Your spirit of kindness will always be kept alive in everyone who knew you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I lived on Delaware street until I was ten years old. Even after I was older I visited my fiend Jane Norris, still living there. We all had wonderful memories our childhood on Delaware playing all kinds of games, and walking the dirt road which became John Exam Parkway!! Prayers and Gods Blessing to his family.Rick was always a fun person to be around!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Rick

  9. Anonymous says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Rick Thinking of you all at this sad time Sending our love and prayers Pete and Nancy

  10. Anonymous says:

    Mark Eades came by to tell us of Rick’s passing. We are saddened by his death. Growing up on Westview Circle was an experience for all you kids, . What wonderful memories we have of all of you growing up there. Mark, Bill and I had a lot of laughs remembering stories of Westview Circle. We are sorry we could not be there, but the doctors do not want Bill in large crowds since his heart transplant in1997 and his immune system is compromised. With our love to each one of you. Stay close as you have always been. Love, Bill and Nita Artrip, Myra, Karen and Ken

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