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Katherine Blanche Cunningham Thayer

February 28, 1935 — October 4, 2022

Abingdon, VA


Abingdon, VA – Katherine Blanche Cunningham Thayer, age 87, passed on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at her home. Mrs. Thayer was a nurse for many years and a member of Washington Chapel United Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland F. Cunningham and Josie Price Cunningham; husband, James Thayer, Jr.; and brother, Gene Cunningham, Sr.

Mrs. Thayer is survived by her daughter, Cathy Richardson of Abingdon, VA; son, Michael E. Thayer and wife Maureen of Harrisburg, NC; grandchildren, Brandon Robinson and wife Crystal, Katie Thayer, and Matthew Thayer; and two great grandchildren, Alexa Robinson and Bryson Robinson.

Visitation with the family will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2022, in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service.  Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. Mark McFadden officiating.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Mary Hicks for the loving care provided to Mrs. Thayer.  Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting and signing the online guest register.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Washington County Life Saving Crew, 237 Park Street SE, Abingdon, VA 24210, in Mrs. Thayer’s name.

The family of Katherine Blanche Cunningham Thayer is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, October 6, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Farris Funeral Service – Main Street Chapel

427 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

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Graveside Service

Friday, October 7, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Forest Hills Memory Gardens

19415 Lee Hwy, Abingdon, VA 24210

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