COMMERCE – Sara Alice Whitsel, 70, died Saturday, February 19, 2011, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Lois Gary Tench. She was a member of Rogers Baptist Church and was retired from Jefferson Mills.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Whitsel, Commerce; a daughter, Sandy Cooke, Commerce; son, Mike Whitsel, Commerce; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services were held Monday, February 21, at Rogers Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating.

Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.

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