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Wanda Whetsel

Published: 12/26/2012

Wanda Whetsel

Died: Dec. 23, 2012

FALL BRANCH -- Wanda Wanell Dykes Whetsel, 79, passed away Sunday morning with her daughters by her side.

She spent most of her life in the Pine Grove/ Fodderstack Mountain area of Greene County and a short portion of time in early childhood with her grandparents in Sullivan County.

She was known as a standout basketball player in high school and continued playing in independent leagues after graduation.

She attended Greeneville School of Commerce and worked at Mason Dixon before becoming a full-time homemaker.

She was a devoted pastor's wife, loving mother, proud grandmother and was involved in or supported PTA, Girl Scouts, NGHS Band/Athletics and the churches where her husband was pastor.

She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter No. 319, serving as Grand Representative to New Hampshire and as Worthy Matron during her membership.

She was preceded in death by her husband: the Rev. E. Earl Whetsel; parents: Ona Lee Doty Dykes and Joseph Paul Dykes; sister: Juanita Irene Dykes Light; brothers-in-law: Bob L. Light, Homer Ray Whetsel, James "Bud" Sams, and Lee Hite; and a sister-in-law: Linda Whetsel Hite.

She is survived by three daughters: Valerie Walters, Lorna Belt and Sonya Whetsel; two sons-in-law: David Walters and Michael J. Belt; two grandchildren: Samantha and Spencer Belt; sisters-in-law: Juanita Whetsel Sams and Dorthea W. "Dot" Whetsel; nieces: Cheryl Light and Carol S. Crawford; and nephews: Mark Sams and Dwayne Whetsel.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Fall Branch.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the chapel with the Rev. Donnie Bailey and the Rev. Ronnie Baxter officiating. Eastern Star members will also have a memorial service to conclude the funeral service.

A graveside service will be held at Bethany Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday.

Pallbearers will be Michael and Spencer Belt, David Walters, Mark Sams, Dwayne Whetsel, Michael Searcy, Gale Crawford, Spencer Belt, and Harold Doty.

Memorial donations may be made to The Eastern Star Chapter No. 319, c/o Helen Shipley, 50 Shipley Lane, Greeneville, TN 37745; to Bethany Cemetery Fund, c/o Phyllis White, 1720 Foxtail Lane, Kingsport, TN 37660; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Free Will Baptist Bible College.

"She wanted everyone to know how much she appreciated the kind deeds, visits, and prayers that were sent her way."

The family extends a special thanks to Lynda Dawson for relieving family at the hospital, Jane Bailey for her presence Sunday morning and to CVA, PA, Regional Kidney Care, Holston Valley, Advanced Home Health and Health South Rehabilitation staff for their care.

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