She was a single mom raising two sons in “one of the toughest sections” of Philadelphia in the mid-1970s, according to Variety. Kevin’s father, Henry Witherspoon, missed much of his childhood, as he struggled with drug addiction and was in and out of jail. Robert Hart, Kevin’s older brother, told Variety, “We come from the worst living conditions.”
While Kevin’s father has now gotten sober and the two have reconnected, he was pretty much absent for most of his childhood, which meant that the brunt of the parenting work fell on Nancy’s shoulders. And she did so much for her family.