Nikki Whitenton

December 2, 1944 ~ March 6, 2020 (age 75)



            Nikki Whitenton, 75, of Franklin, NC, passed away at home with her spouse and pets on Friday, March 6, 2020. She was born and raised in Florida and moved to Franklin 17 years ago where she was a member of the Franklin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.


            She devoted her life to helping animals, children, and the elderly. Nikki worked as a Mental Health Counselor and as a Special Education Teacher in Florida. For the past 12 years she answered the Macon County Friends of Animals phone helpline. She was instrumental in finding homes for 1000 neglected dogs and cats in Macon County.


            She loved laughter, visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, playing cards, reading, watching movies, loving on her many dogs and cats, discussing politics, and listening to the oldies.


            She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Marie Leon; and many special pets including Eugene, Candy Cane, Kendal, and Cooper. She is survived by her husband, Joe; daughter, Mary Johnson (Mat) of Florida; granddaughter, Emma Johnson; sister, Paula Thompson of Georgia; and brother, Stephen Reilly of Florida.


            A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 14th, at 1:00 at the Franklin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 85 Sierra Drive. In lieu of flowers please offer an abandoned dog or cat food and water.


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Celebration of Life
March 14, 2020

1:00 PM
Franklin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
85 Sierra Dr.
Franklin, NC 28734

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