Mrs. JoAnne Witherspoon

September 20, 1945November 9, 2021

JoAnne Carscaddon Witherspoon, age 76, passed away November 9, 2021, with her family by her side in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She was born in Jacksonville, Florida to William Enver Carscaddon and Nell Gates Carscaddon. She graduated from Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tennessee and East Tennessee State University where she met and married David Alexander Witherspoon, Jr. After graduation, she and David settled in Knoxville where she was a homemaker, real estate agent, and interior designer.

She was an active member of her community sitting on the Board of Dream Connection and Helen Ross McNabb Center, a former co-chairman of Dogwood Arts Festival and various fundraisers for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital such as Center Stage.

JoAnne spent her life traveling the world with her husband, David, her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, reading, and boating.

She is survived by her husband David Alexander Witherspoon, Jr., her brother Robert Clyde Carscaddon (Diana Charles Carscaddon), her children Katherine Gates Witherspoon Decker (Richard Keith Decker), David (Dax) Alexander Witherspoon, III (Susan Evans Witherspoon), John Christopher Seay (pseudo adopted son) (Mollie Thompson Seay), and her grandchildren, Lauryn Alexandra (Kannard) Congelosi (Stephen Richard Congelosi) , Alexander Gordon Seay, William Christopher Kannard, Nicholas Oliver Kannard, Alexander (Xan) McKnight Witherspoon, Rebecca Anne Witherspoon, Joshua Reed Seay, and Emily Elizabeth Witherspoon, her niece Tiffany Lee Carscaddon Mathison (Todd Sinclair Mathison), nephew Benjamin William Carscaddon (Alice Corriher Carscaddon), and grandniece and nephews Colin Bruce Mathison, Faith McKenzie Carscaddon, and Aiden Charles Carscaddon.

A visitation will be held for JoAnne on Sunday, November 14, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Berry Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike. A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 15, 2021 at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Dream Connection at or at P.O. Box 10924 Knoxville, Tennessee 37939.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 14, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, November 15, 2021


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November 15, 2021

JoAnn and I have a long and wonderful history involving the creation of beauty. She was more than a landscape client all these years. She became a long-time friend and confidente. So many times I was there to work and she and I would share stories together. She was one of the dearest people I've known. She was a wonderful person with an incredible love of life!! She was always so incredibly positive. My business partner, Mark Fuhrman, and I both agree. We aspire to follow her example!! This is a true loss. I am genuinely heartbroken. I love you, JoAnn!! And, YES!!!, Those Hydrangeas will be blue this coming Spring...just for you!! Just like I promised!! Jeanne Lane

Janet Johnson Hamilton

November 15, 2021

So many of my good memories come from early years when our children were in their growing years. Convention trips, meals together, U.T. football games, etc. , good times with wonderful couple. My heart is with you, David, Kathy and Dax... how blessed to have had such a wonderful wife and mother! Love to you all.

Kara Lowe

November 15, 2021

The nurses and Marta at the wound care center send our deepest condolences. We LOVED Mrs. Witherspoon and will miss her greatly! Many prayers to her family!

Ben Shuler

November 15, 2021

So many memories! JoAnne was my classmate in high school in Bristol and David was Linda’s classmate at West High. We have been good friends ever since and often visited one another. JoAnne was a mover and shaker and was always cheerful, positive and brave even in the face of illness. We will miss her greatly and will cherish her memory.
Ben and Linda Shuler

Jay Marshall

November 14, 2021

She will be dearly missed. She was a great influence through out my childhood and teen years from boy scouts, skiing trip in Colorado and lake adventures. And I am sure as she influenced my life she surely influenced many other lives as well. She was a a great friend to our family
Our sincere condolences to all the family.

Mary Beth Fox

November 13, 2021

JoAnne had the warmest heart and sweetest smile anyone could imagine. She always reached for those in need- from the time I first met her in the 80s to today. She left everyone she touched a little warmer, a little happier, and a little better just by knowing her.

Heaven is smiling, though many hearts on Earth are grieving her loss.


November 12, 2021


Tiffani Conner

November 11, 2021

JoAnne was an amazing person, so full of love and life. She always made me feel loved and welcomed no matter where our paths crossed. I know she left an indelible mark on many people and I’m glad I was one of them.

Susan Cameron Viviano

November 11, 2021

David I am remembering a long time ago when JoAnne snd I spent a very busy few days with Daddy’s bridal buyers at Miller’s planning your wedding. I still remember the inscription on your wedding ring…more than yesterday less than tomorrow. It’s a happy memory for a sad time but I thought you might enjoy the recollection nonetheless. I’m so very sorry she is gone
Much love,


November 11, 2021

Amazing Grace. That is what God blessed me with when He gave me a beautiful sister who was so genuine with her caring, love, and smiles. JoAnne embraced the good side of life, as a solid foundation for her children and grandchildren. Wonderful memories abound. David, do not cry because she is gone, but smile because she was here; and, now she is enjoying her new life in Heaven. Diana and I send our love to you all.
Bob Carscaddon