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Kathryn Faye (Farrow) Atwater

November 16, 1938 ~ October 2, 2019 (age 80)

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Mrs. Kathryn Faye Farrow Atwater, age 80 of of Chapel Hill, NC ascended into paradise and took hold of the Master’s hand after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC surrounded by her loving family.

Kathryn was born on November 16, 1938 in Durham, NC.  She was the oldest of six siblings.  Kathryn was married to the late Nello Atwater Jr. on September 2, 1970 and were happily married for 27 years until his passing on January 16, 1997.  

She attended Lincoln High School in Chapel Hill, NC and eventually went on to work as a Sterile Processing Technician at Duke University Hospital where she retired after 25 years of service. 

Kathryn loved the Lord and lived by his word everyday of her life.  She loved music and in her early years you could always find her dancing to her favorite songs, snapping her fingers and simply enjoying life. 

She was a devoted mother who always put her beloved sons first and foremost.  She was kind and loving and as her health began to decline she was always known to show everyone her appreciation and gratitude. Each time anyone would show her acts of kindness or assistance, she would say multiple times “thank you”. She would also say “I love you” numerous times, which meant she was ready for you to leave so that she could get her rest.       

She was predeceased by her husband Nello Atwater Jr, parents Rudolph Farrow and Nellie Jones Stroud, brother Rudolph Farrow Jr., son Michael Farrow, grandson Timothy (TJ) Atwater, nephew Hoover Byrd Jr. and great nephews Chris Byrd and Antonio Byrd.

Kathryn was blessed with the love and support of her family. The many loved ones she leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memory are her siblings Priscilla Byrd Jones, Reginald Farrow, James Stroud (Daisette), and Willie Stroud; children Donald Farrow, Tim (Kim) Atwater, Tony (Bernadette) Atwater, and James Atwater; grandchildren Tamika Farrow, Michael Farrow Jr, Shequilla Farrow (William), NaQuan Bryant, Jordan Atwater, Jalen Atwater, Donald Farrow Jr, Donald Yates, and Stephanie Parker; 17 great grandchildren,  a host of  nieces, nephews, and other treasured family and dear friends.

Family will be receiving friends at 7904 Rogers Rd, Chapel Hill, NC.


Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home - Chapel Hill

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Public Viewing
October 8, 2019

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Knotts Funeral Home
113 N Graham Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

October 9, 2019

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
First Baptist Church
106 N. Roberson Street
Chapel hill, NC 27516

October 9, 2019

1:00 PM
First Baptist Church
106 N. Roberson Street
Chapel hill, NC 27516

Interment following funeral service
October 9, 2019

Westwood Cemetery
at Fidelity Ct., Davie Rd.
Carrboro, NC 27510

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