September 3rd , 2013 9:41 am Leave a comment

Geraldine “Gerri” Blackburn Whitely


Geraldine “Gerri” Blackburn Whitely, 71, Piney Flats, passed away Friday, August 30, 2013, at Indian Path Hospital, Kingsport
A native of White Head, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Rev. G.R. and Alma Watson Blackburn.
Gerri was a 1959 graduate of Bel Air High School, Bel Air, Md. She had lived a number of years in Tennessee. She was a former manager of the Village East Apartments, Elizabethton.
Gerri was a minister of music, who loved gospel music and playing the organ, but most of all she loved her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael Whitely, in 1994.
Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Whitely, Rock Hill, S.C.; a sister, Janice Hardin and husband John, Elizabethton; three nephews, Tony Hardin and wife Susan, Butler, Tracy Hardin and wife Wendy, Elizabethton, and Travis Hardin, Beaverton, Ore.; three great-nephews and two great-nieces; the father of her daughter, Dean Whitely; her special friends, Jerry Crain and Kay Bragg; and her two granddogs, Ambrosia and Keila.
A Service to Celebrate the Life of Gerri Whitely will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 5, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Gerald Holly and the Rev. Charles Roberts officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 1 p.m. Friday, September 6, in the Piney Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery, Piney Creek, N.C., with the Rev. Bobby Adams officiating. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Friday, will be Michelle Whitely, Ron Crain, Tony Hardin, Tracy Hardin, Jonathan Hardin and Thomas Hardin. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the doctors, nurses and staff of Indian Path Hospital and Dr. Todd Whitaker. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of her sister and brother-in-law, Janice and John Hardin, 170 Mayfield Drive, Elizabethton. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Friday. Condolences to the Whitely family may be e-mailed to
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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