Kathy Jeanette Story of Bristol, Tennessee died Thursday, May 16 after a lengthy illness. Kathy was born in Russellville, Alabama to Mabel and Cliff Reynolds and was raised in suburban Detroit by her grandparents, Alec and Willie Mae Vinson. She was a 1969 graduate of John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan, and moved to Bristol in 1985.
Kathy loved books, movies, music, and theatre and performed and/or designed costumes for many Theatre Bristol productions, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Secret Garden. She sewed costumes for numerous community and church productions, including Journey’s End, and worked in the Wardrobe Department at Barter Theatre. As a teenager, she saw the Beatles in Detroit, Chicago, and Toronto.
Kathy loved her church, Central Presbyterian of Bristol, Virginia, where she served as a Ruling Elder, sang in the Chancel Choir, and coordinated Meals on Wheels for several years. Kathy enjoyed cooking and made fantastic sweet tea. She played organ for several Baptist churches, and was a member of the Bristol Music Club.
Kathy loved her family, which includes her children Angela, Brandon and Mariel, and Cynthia and Declan Jogi; her grandchildren Ian, Alexa, Penn, Dex, Alastair, Sam, Crispin, and Bea; and her aunts, Norma Jean and Donna.
Her family would like to thank her many caregivers and encouragers: Larry and Mary Ann Story, Jackie Greenberg, Holly Brooks, Sissy Bell, Chris Ihrke, Bradey Tankersley, and Chad McCracken; the 3 West Nursing Staff at Bristol Regional Medical Center; the Carpenters for Christ; her church family at Central Presbyterian; and her friends Carla and Andy Bryant and the late Ann McCracken, with whom she is probably walking the streets of heaven this very moment suggesting improvements.
A service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia on Saturday, May 25 at 12:00 pm with Ann and Frank Aichinger officiating. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:30 am – 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, Kathy asked that donations be made to Central Presbyterian Church’s King University Scholarship or Service Fund.
Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.