Pierce Whitt passes away after illness


By Kyle Lovern - [email protected]



WILLIAMSON – Longtime Williamson Park Board Director Pierce Whitt, 68, passed away this past weekend at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida after battling a lingering illness.

Whitt graduated from Matewan High School in 1964 and then joined the Army.

He returned to the Tug Valley area after working for a while in Michigan.

Whitt became the Park Board Director succeeding the late George Spaulding in 1978.

He later became a bus driver for the Mingo County school system and held that job for many years.

Along with his wife Kathe Harvit Whitt, he was part owner of Starter’s restaurant, a popular eatery and sports bar in downtown Williamson.

He and his brothers Mike and Mark Whitt were longtime football referees in southern West Virginia.

Whitt was well-known in the area sports scene. At times he helped operate the scoreboard at the Williamson Fieldhouse for basketball games.

Whitt had been battling sickness the last few years, according to his brother Mark Whitt.

He had one daughter, Kelli, who resides in Florida.

“He was like a father to me,” Mark said.

Rogers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The viewing will be Wednesday, August 12 at the Williamson Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. The funeral will be at the Fieldhouse at 1 p.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to the Pierce Whitt Memorial Fund for improvements of the the historic Fieldhouse.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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By Kyle Lovern

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