Kenneth Mitchell Whitesell, age 82 of Carthage, NC passed away on June 4, 2020.

A private graveside service will be held with the family.

He was born to parents, Delis H. Whitesell and Irene J Whitesell on May 1, 1938 in Pinehurst, NC.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Fern Bunch; brothers, Vernon, Leonard, David, Mark, Max and Delis Whitesell, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Deelie Priest Whitesell; daughters, Donna Parsons and husband, Dwight; Rhonda Whitesell and partner, Jerry Christian, Michelle Seawell and husband, Mark, and a son, Kenneth “Mitchell” Whitesell, Jr. and his wife, Linda; grandchildren, Adrian Parsons (Christa) and Logan Parsons (Jenn), Owen and Ben Whitesell, and Riley and Taylor Seawell; great grandchildren, Isabelle and Brinly Parsons; Tucker, Tanner, Mason and Ava Parsons; sisters, Linda Upole and Mary Mills; and brother, Fred Whitesell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Culdee Presbyterian Church choir, 916 Hwy 73, West End, NC 27376.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the family.

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  1. Mitchell & family sorry about your Dad and loved one. You will be in my prayers🙏🙏🙏 Stanley& Kathy Buie

    • I will always remember and miss his beautiful singing. He had such a beautiful voice. Keeping you in our prayers. Pearl Frye and (Dean and Charles)

  2. Ed and I will always remember Kenneth’s quick humor, his beautiful voice and his dancing ability. Keeping you in our prayers.

  3. Deelie, I just read in “The Pilot” about Kenneth’s passing. I am so sorry. Please know that I will keep you in prayer during these days of grief. It is so difficult to adjust to life without the partner with whom you have spent a lifetime of years. I remember the many kind words you spoke to me during the time of loss. Sincerely, Evelyn Vest-Arnold

  4. We love you guys so much Deely, I’ll always remember our Kenneth and know that he’s with Daddy now, We’ll see him again! Heaven waits for us!🌷💗🌷

  5. My family on this side is small and last Thursday it got smaller. Obviously God needed someone really special…a brilliant craftsman, singer, joke teller, smiler, fried chicken lover, the list goes on…in Heaven. And I hope that wonderful place was ready for a big celebration, cause there were lots of folks ready the minute he crossed the river. Everyone will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Much love,
    Alice Ann

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