The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

January 9, 2014

Patsy White

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Patsy Jean White, 74, passed away peacefully at home in Greenville on Jan. 9, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Patsy was born at home in Cash, Dece. 23, 1939, along with her twin brother. The youngest of seven children, she grew up on her parents’ farm with various pets and the doting attention of her older siblings, graduating from Quinlan High School in 1958.

Her youth was marked by numerous achievements in the realm of home economics, and she proudly demonstrated these skills throughout her life, teaching all her children how to cook and keep an excellent home. Patsy’s kindness and compassion were boundless, and she fed all who came to her door.

In 2009 she celebrated 50 years of marriage with the love of her life, Derrell White, in a much-anticipated and joyful family gathering. Derrell and Patsy met at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church in the spring of 1959, and married on Dec. 5 of that year. She was a long-standing member of Mt. Zion.

Patsy and Derrell resided in several Texas towns throughout the years, including McLeod and Commerce, finally settling in Greenville in 1967. Patsy devoted her considerable talents and ingenuity to raising a large family, never ceasing in her ability to surprise and delight her children with special gifts and attention. She instilled in them her strong sense of right and wrong, informed by her staunch beliefs and indomitable character. In her later years, when physical frailty became a part of her daily life, she persevered with uncommon strength and determination.

Patsy was a guiding light of love, and her passing leaves an empty space in the world which only time can heal. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Derrell White; twin brother Durrell Williams and wife Linda; sister Dorthey Crawford; children Mary Alice Beste, Sherri White Cook and husband Thomas H. Cook Jr., Sara Lynn Randolph, John Lee White and wife Chandra; grandchildren Elizabeth Beste, M.D., Karen Beste, D.V.M., Stephen Beste, Jane Cook, Trevor Trentham, Tyson White, Kylie White, Carley Williams and husband Cody, Avery Caffee and Jacob Caffee; two great-grandchildren, Caidence Williams and Jaston Trentham; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is pre-deceased by her parents, Alice and Jean Williams; brothers Don Williams and James Williams, as well as sisters Virginia Combs and June Whitley.

Services will be at 2 p.m..Sunday, at Lynch Funeral Home in Greenville. Elder Truman Bradshaw will preach. Pallbearers are nephews Brian Williams and Brad Williams, grandsons Stephen Beste, Trevor Trentham, and Tyson White, and family friend, Randy Nelson; honorary pallbearers are son-in-law Thomas H. Cook, Jr., and great-grandson Jaston Trentham. Burial will follow at Simmons Cemetery in Cash, Texas. The family will receive visitors Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Dearest and beloved wife and mother, may you rest in peace.

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