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Chris Witherspoon


Chris Witherspoon, 53, of Morganton, N.C., passed away surrounded by his family and friends on Thursday, June 22, 2023. He was born on February 15, 1970 in Burke County where he was raised by his loving parents, Odell and Mary Ellen Witherspoon.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church all of his life. Chris had a contagious smile and a personality everyone loved. He was a loyal friend to all and never complained throughout his journey of declining health.

Chris was named Surveyor of the Year multiple times. He recently was named Distinguished Person of the Year in 2022 by the Morganton Rotary Club. Chris loved his family dearly and was the best son, husband, dad, brother and father figure to many. He was the Director of the FUMC Wood Ministry and a member of the Morganton Men’s Club. He was also involved in several other community ministries. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, of almost 26 years, Tanya Witherspoon; children, Carson Witherspoon and Allie Witherspoon; sisters, Leslie Carpenter (Jeremy) and Jamie Sisk (Clay); nieces and nephews, Tucker and Courtney Sisk, Tanner and Abigail Carpenter and Gavin Johnson; a bonus daughter, Morgan McGhee; many special friends; and his canine companion, Trooper.

He was preceded in death by his biological father, Johnny Black and three sets of grandparents.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church of Morganton. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the church with Rev. Dana McKim officiating. The service will be live-streamed beginning at 2 p.m., on the Facebook page of First United Methodist Church Morganton ( or YouTube ( 

Memorial contributions may be made to the FUMC Wood Ministry or Amorem Hospice of Burke County.                                  

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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