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Tanya Whitt Simmons


Tanya Whitt Simmons, 44, of Granville County passed away Thursday, October 29, 2020 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Tanya was born in Person County on February 5, 1976 to Joseph Windell Whitt and Pansy Elizabeth Whitaker. She had many passions including quilting and advocating for the research of Metastatic Breast Cancer. Above all she loved her children and was devoted to her family.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Pansy Nazario; her dad, Joseph Windell Whitt and bonus mom, Carrie Whitt; her husband of five years, Ken Simmons; two daughters, McKenly Simmons and Skylar Abernethy; a son, Lance Weatherspoon Jr. and a sister, Windy Knight. She was preceded in death by a son Levi Martin and her paternal and maternal grandparents.

All services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a trust fund for her children in care of Ms. Windy Knight at 4585 Manns Chapel Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516.


  • Pansy Nazario Posted November 1, 2020 2:33 pm

    To my beautiful daughter who fought the fight. I miss you more each day. Rest in peace

  • Thereasa B. Freeman Posted November 1, 2020 8:36 pm

    To Babydoo, I have loved you like a daughter and will miss you so much. I will pray for the family for God to give you peace. Mamadoo

  • Nour Posted November 2, 2020 12:24 am

    I LOVE YOU FOREVER MY SOUL SISTER. You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

  • diana simmons Posted November 2, 2020 3:03 pm

    To Tanya our daughter-in-law you will always be in our hearts and our lives. Thank you for the wonderful gift you gave us our granddaughter McKenly

  • lisa carey Posted November 25, 2020 3:12 pm

    She was amazing, courageous, funny, and kind. My team and I will miss seeing her and Ken – even when she didn’t feel well she was a whiff of fresh air. Our condolences to the whole family. Lisa Carey MD

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