Published 3:37 pm Monday, April 26, 2021
Ed Whitehead, 90, Johnson City, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Hillview Health Center. He was born December 24, 1930, in Hampton, to the late Henry and Lucy Morton Whitehead.
Ed was a 1949 graduate of Hampton High School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired truck driver and formerly worked at ETWNC and Jones Truck Line. He loved to hunt and fish.
Ed was a member of Sinking Creek Baptist Church where he was a former Deacon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Narvel and Louis Whitehead, and two sisters, Crystal Johnson and Hazel Malone.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Shirley Simerly Whitehead; one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and David Shankle of Johnson City; two grandchildren, David E. (Victoria) Shankle and Daniel (Ashley) Shankle; three great-grandchildren, David R., Emma and Edmund; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with his nephew, Pastor Greg Whitehead, officiating. Also assisting is Pastor Chuck Babb. The graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be his church family. Military Honors will be provided by VFW Post 2108. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 12:50 p.m. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m., prior to the service. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the restoration of the original Log Church at Sinking Creek Baptist Church; send to the church with attention to Kristia Brown. Condolences may be sent to our website, www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Whitehead family.