William K. Witherspoon, 49, bankruptcy, tax lawyer

July 10, 2002

William Kenan Witherspoon, a lawyer who specialized in bankruptcy and taxation, died of cancer Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 49 and lived in Roland Park.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., he was known as "Spoon." He earned a degree in accounting from Louisiana State University. He was a certified public accountant before earning a master's degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

While in Washington, Mr. Witherspoon met his future wife, the former Heather Margaret Shettle, a Towson lawyer. They wed in 1994 at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore. She survives him.

After being admitted to the Maryland bar, he practiced law with his wife at the Witherspoon Law Group on West Road in Towson.

"He had a gift of telling stories and loved to regale family and friends with talk of his extensive travels and adventures," said Stewart Shettle, his brother-in-law.

Mr. Witherspoon played football -- he was the quarterback of his high school team -- and enjoyed sailing and hunting. He read books of history and collected antiques.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by an 11-month-old son, John Hay Shettle Witherspoon; two daughters, Amanda Rose Witherspoon, 7, and Charlotte Eliska Witherspoon, 5; his father, Philip Henderson Witherspoon of Baton Rouge; and two brothers, Dr. Philip Henderson Witherspoon Jr. of St. Louis and Dr. Thomas Witherspoon of Baton Rouge.

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