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Sarah "Libby" Elizabeth White
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Sarah Elizabeth (Libby) White, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter of God, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2018, at her home in Oak Ridge, from heart failure. A native of Coal Creek TN, she was married to Briceville TN native James Eugene (Gene) White for 53 years prior to his death in 2000. Libby raised three sons, was grandma to Jake and Amber and Gamoo to Alex and Conner. Having previously lived in Daytona Beach FL, the site of her wedding to Gene, and later Chicago IL, Libby made Oak Ridge TN her home for over 60 years. She, along with Gene, devoted many years of service to Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was teacher, counselor, usher, committee chair and worked with United Methodist women and youth. She also served as the President of Women’s Society of Christian Service. Upon the closure of Trinity UMC, she transferred her membership to First Methodist and then Kern Methodist Church. She assisted her husband Gene in his writing 2 books on his hometown of Briceville and continued his tradition of providing college scholarships for deserving Briceville students. She later contributed original writings to her oldest son Larry’s book “We Remember Dad.” Libby played piano by ear and often accompanied Gene on Lay Leader assignments to small area churches. Gene from the pulpit and Lib providing the music, her sons Larry, Steve and David all wrote about these memories in Larry’s book. She met and influenced many at Methodist Hospital, where she was a long-time volunteer and served 2 terms as President of the Volunteers as well as organizing and participating in their charity fashion shows. Her collection of both bells and dolls, fostered by her sons, filled many hours and often helped others forget their troubles. She will be missed by her family and multitude of friends, among which are Elementary School classmates Marjorie Adkins, Ilene Cash and Juanita Smith. Preceded in death by her husband Gene and son Stephen, Libby is survived by her sons Dr. Larry E. White & his wife Dr. Jackie White; David W. White & his wife Benita White and grandsons Alexander and Conner; daughter-in-law Terri White, grandson Jake, granddaughter Amber; and sister Charlotte Blackburn as well as multiple nephews and nieces. The family will receive friends at Weatherford Mortuary on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 1 – 3 pm. The funeral will begin at 3 pm with Rev. Dan Taylor officiating and Rev. Walter Willis offering the eulogy. A private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Kern Memorial United Methodist Church, 451 East Tennessee Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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Visitation

Saturday

8

Sep

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Funeral

Saturday

8

Sep

3:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Burial is private.


Memorial Contribution

Kern Memorial United Methodist Church

451 East Tennessee Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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