Merilyn Janis Whittaker, age 72, of Kingsport, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013. Merilyn was born on December 23, 1940, to the late Ervin Starnes and Ellie Bledsoe Starnes. She worked as a paralegal in the law field. She was a very loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family. Merilyn is survived by her son, Robert Brett Whittaker; her granddaughter, Sierra Kristen Whittaker; and her great-granddaughter, Kilee Hope Whittaker all of Kingsport. A memorial service for Ms. Whittaker will be held March 2, at Lifebridge Christian Church from 2-6 PM.