The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, September 9, 2009, Page 3
By Jennifer Horton
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Kellie Whited, amuch-loved guidancecounselor at WilsonCentral High School whothree years ago received adouble-lung transplant fora rare condition, died earlyWednesday morning.A website that had alink for everyone to keep up with her said Whited diedfrom Type A In
uenza andhad signs of a bacterial andviral infection. She becamesick on Aug. 27. She was 39.Whited and her husbandBrad were parents of Caleb,7.Students at WilsonCentral were informed of her death last Wednesdaymorning by Principal TravisMay
eld.“It’s a sad day,” hesaid.Whited wasdiagnosed with primarypulmonary hypertension,or PPH, in 2002. The illnesshas been described as “anarrowing and stiffening of the pulmonary arteries thatleave the right side of theheart and travel to the lungs. The right side of the heartmust work especially hard topush against this diseasedarea and therefore the heartdevelops complications as well.” The disease is rareand af
icts one in a millionpeople. Whited receivedher new lungs on July 19,2006.May
eld called allseniors at Wilson Centralinto the auditorium wherehe told them about Whited.Each guidance counselorfollows students from theirfreshmen through theirsenior years.“I met with theseniors. Mrs. Whited hadbeen with those kids four years,” he said. “I told themas a group.”Other students wereinformed as well. Guidancecounselors from Southsideand Mt. Juliet were atWCHS, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sentsome representatives andlocal youth pastors werealso available for studentsand staff to talk to duringthe day.May
eld saidstudents asked to go outsideto the
agpole where theyoffered prayers.He noted thestudents and staff “wantto remember her in apositive light and want to dodifferent memorials for herand her family. There aresome emotional studentsand some emotionalteachers (here). You’re neverprepared. She was a greatperson and had such animpact on our students.She inspired some of thesestudents to be thankful andto live up to their potential.”Whited’s familyreleased a statement whichsaid “Kellie Whited’s lifehas touched countlesspeople across this countryand especially in thiscounty. She lived her lifeas an inspiration to all. Themajority of her life outsidethe home was spent atWilson Central High Schoolas a guidance counselor.Many of these young peopleare receiving a collegeeducation today because of her untiring dedication toher profession. Along withbeing a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister,daughter-in-law and sister-in-law, Kellie was involvedin many activities such as:-- a Sunday School teacherat Fairview Church andfriend to many there. Thepeople of this congregationgathered around this familyin support on multipleoccasions.-- Joykeepers Bible Study with a group of women fromvarious churches in WilsonCounty.-- “Donate Life” as avolunteer due to the factshe received a double lungtransplant three years agodue to Primary PulmonaryHypertension.“To Brad, Kellie wasknown as ‘his girl’ and nowKellie is known as ‘his angel.’ Caleb always prayed for hismom to not be sick anymoreand to get better. Oh, the wisdom of a 7-year-old.“Kellie received andgave love to a very largeextended family. She hasforever placed her handprinton the hearts of all of us.“Kellie never oncecomplained during herillness and surgeries. Shecould be sick and in thehospital and then back to work the next day becauseshe had the driving force to“help those kids” at WilsonCentral.”The family also wanted to thank “Dr. IvanRobbins, Primary PulmonaryHypertension Specialist, atVanderbilt Hospital and theentire transplant team. Tothe nurses and staff in MICUthis past week who werealways in ‘full court press,’ thank you as well. You areawesome!”Lorie Tomlinson,secretary in the GuidanceOf
ce at Wilson Central,said, “We are going to missher.”She noted thatMay
eld also told students“how much she cared aboutthem. She made it a point toget up and be here.”Others interviewedin previous articles aboutWhited and her illness andtransplant reiterated herdedication not only to herfamily but to her students as well and noted that whenever
Type A ﬂu claims Wilson Centralguidance counselor Kellie Whited
See WHITED, Page 4