Cynthia “Cindy” Reneé Whitecotton 

April 22, 1957 – March 7, 2022

Cynthia “Cindy” Reneé Whitecotton, 64, of Cherokee, NC, went on her journey on March 7, 2022. She was born on April 22, 1957, in Tulsa, OK, to Roy Chandler and Julia LoneEagle. Cindy loved everyone she met and took many wayward youth under her wing. She was an activist for Native rights, climate change, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She loved concerts, photography, and her grand/children. 

Cindy is survived by her 3 children: Janine Whitecotton Smith (Andy), Dakota Whitecotton (Juanita), Gadusi Crowe (TJ); 8 grandchildren: Leland Smith, Eli Smith, Hazel Smith, Kyrin Whitecotton, Kainen Whitecotton (Shakyra), Chaos Whitecotton, Lakelyn McCoy (Destiny), Roman Thompson; 2 brothers: Mike Chandler and Doug Chandler; 3 nieces and 3 nephews; special family members: Dawn Yellowhorn, Sydney Taylor, Nakos Calhoun, Alyssa Taylor, Alaina Smith, Adrien George, Raven Blackbull, Beau Schneider, and countless others. 

Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Wednesday, March 9th at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Cherokee, NC. The service will also be held at Rock Springs Baptist Church at 11am on Thursday, March 10th. Cindy will be laid to rest in West Cemetery, located on Peavine Road, West Lane, in the Yellowhill Community. Pall Bearers will be Dakota Whitecotton, Andy Smith, TJ Allison, Simon Montelongo, Darius Lambert, and Tony Walkingstick. 

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Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, NC is serving the family.