Barbara Whitson Pless

Published 4:11 pm Friday, November 26, 2021

Barbara Whitson Pless, 94, of Elizabethton, Tenn., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, from Lakebridge Health Care Center. Barbara was born in McComas, W.Va., to the late William H. Whitson and Edna Catherine Estep Whitson. In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. “Chick” Pless; two brothers, Bill Whitson and Jack Whitson; and four sisters, Hazel Young, Doris Whitson, Maude Whitson and Mae Hurd.
Barbara was a very talented decorator and thrived in her floral business, Barbara Pless Florist, which she owned and operated for a number of years. She was a beautiful Christian lady, a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and loved working in the church and helping others in need.
Those left to cherish Barbara’s memory include her children, Eddie (Kim) Pless of Elizabethton and Melodye (Gary) Sparks, Murrells Inlet, S.C.; her grandchildren, Katie (Will) Robinson of Elizabethton, Bo (Aria) Pless of Johnson City, Laura (Chris) Sparks Harrington of Johnson City and Caroline (Davy) Sparks Giles of Chattanooga; and six great-grandchildren, Elise Giles, Nadia Giles, Tristan Giles, Emerson Giles, Thea Harrington and Zoe Harrington. Several nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law also survive.
Graveside services will be private at the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Mission Aviation Fellowship, 112 North Pilatus Lane, Nampa, Idaho 83687. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is honored to serve the Pless family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information Line: (423) 543-4917.