ERWIN – Kate Whitson, age 88, of Erwin, was called home on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Johnson City Medical Center. A Unicoi County native, Kate was a daughter of the late Robert and Rebeca Jones Lyle. She was a member of Fishery Community Church where she was a former choir director. She worked for the former Southern Pottery. She loved her flowers and she loved visiting her friends in the nursing home.