Mary Haynes White
A Remarkable Loved Lady
Canton – We give thanks for the wonderful 94 years we have been blessed with the life of Mary Haynes Holtzclaw White. She was a very much loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, “adopted” mother and good friend to many. On the quiet peaceful evening of Monday, October 9, 2017 she went to her eternal home.
Mrs. White was born in Haywood County on May 30, 1923 to the late Claude A. Holtzclaw and the late Ruby Haynes Holtzclaw. She had made her home in Canton all of her life and there is probably no one in our community who did not know Mary Haynes or see her as an example that we all hope to follow. Until just recently she was mowing her own lawn, taking care of all of her own housekeeping and living life to the fullest - which was remarkable for her blessed years. It seems as if Mary Haynes was always helping or reaching out to someone who might need a bit of assistance. She was indeed a friend to many. Her tireless energy enabled her to have several occupations throughout her lifetime. She was employed at North Canton Elementary School, the Central Office of the Haywood County School System, The Waynesville Country Club and she retired from the Lake Junaluska Assembly with several years of dedicated service. After her retirement she continued to stay busy by working at Zeb’s Bloomers Nursery in Canton, spending endless hours of volunteering with the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville and also giving her time as a volunteer teaching assistant in her granddaughter’s kindergarten class. Mary Haynes had been a devoted member of the Eastern Star and had also served as a leader of The Rainbow Girls which was an organization affiliated with the Eastern Star for young ladies in their teens. Mrs. White constantly enrolled in numerous continuing education classes that kept her physically active and vibrant and also kept her spirit young. Extension classes of yoga, hula, judo, various craft classes, and also playing cards with her many friends filled her days with happiness and joy. Mary Haynes was a faithful member of Canton First Baptist Church where she was involved constantly in all activities with her church family. She had served as a Sunday School teacher, and also a director and teacher with the First Baptist Children’s Kindergarten Program, where the young children that she taught will never forget her and the difference that she made in their lives. In her later years she was an active member of the church JOY Club, always eager to visit fun places and indeed Mary Haynes truly loved to travel.
In remembering Mary Haynes Holtzclaw White, we remember her natural beauty, we remember her love for feeling the warmth of the sunshine touch her face, we remember seeing her swim in the dancing waves of the ocean and we remember hearing the distant sound of her lawnmower on a summer day. We shall never forget. We give thanks for her fierce independence, her heart that touched so many with kindness and her great love for her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life, Jack White; her sister, Hortense Belt and many other family members and friends.
She is survived by her children, Becky Allen and her husband, Robert Allen of Euharlee, Georgia, Sandy White and his wife, Susan White of Canton and Lynn Chambers and her husband, Jim Chambers of Canton; grandchildren, Ken and Chris Maynard, Amy Roberts, Wendy and Greg Underwood, Taryn and Kent Thompson, Michael and Laura Chambers and 8 great-grandchildren; her brother, John Holtzclaw of Canton; many “adopted kids” too numerous to mention and a host of wonderful friends.
In lieu of flowers or food, the White family asks that memorial donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.
A celebration of life service will be held for Mrs. White at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 14, 2017 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton. Pastor Kevin McDaniel will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Interment will be beside her husband in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the White family