Retha Cornett Whitehead

Published 2:46 pm Friday, May 7, 2021

Retha Cornett Whitehead, 102, Roan Mountain, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Waters at Roan Highlands. Retha was a native of the Roan Mountain community and a life-long resident of Carter County. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Myrtle Stevens Cornett. In addition to her parents, Retha was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Whitehead, of 49 years; sister, Georgia Carlton; a brother; Cline Cornett; and a great-grandson Ricky Whitehead.
Retha enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing and taking care of her family. She was a member of Little Mountain Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Estel and wife Kathy and Jerry and wife Shirley; a sister, Mary Tolley; four grandchildren, Rick (Robin), Joe (Mitzi), Jeff and Troy (Missy); great-grandchildren, Shea, Taylor, Paige, Tristan, Devin and Austin; and one great-great-grandchild, Colton. There are many more family members that will also cherish her memory.
A service will be held on Sunday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Derrick Hughes officiating. Music will be provided by the Hughes Family Singers. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m., prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow the service at Blevins Cemetery, Rail Road Grade. Active pallbearers will be Jeff, Troy, Rick, Joe, Taylor, Devin, Tristan and Austin Whitehead. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Hill, Burl Sluder, Delaney Berry and her church family. Special thanks to the Waters of Roan Highlands for their special care of Retha while there! Special thanks to Hospice Care Nurse Penny Whitehead. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Whitehead family.

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