Mary Haynes White

Wednesday, May 30, 1923 - Monday, October 9, 2017

A Remarkable Loved Lady

Photo of Mary Haynes White  - 1923-2017

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

Condolences from family and friends


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A dear lady who used up every ounce of her life helping others, loving her family, and making her time on this planet worthy of fond memories by those who are left to remember her.
Juanita Dixon
So very sorry for your loss. She will be remembered fondly.
Vickie Rathbone Davis
I loved Mary Haynes. She was our Rainbow Girls Advisor. She was fun, energetic, compassionate, and ready to take us to any event that was scheduled. I'm sorry that I haven't seen her in years, but I will always remember her. Lynn, my prayers are with you and your family.
Darlene Davis
Lynn, Becky, and Sandy, I dearly loved your mother and it was a blessing to be able to know her for the last 11 years. There was none other like her...heart of gold, an angel to many, yet independent and spunky, with more determination than anyone I know at her age. God grant each of you the peace to get through the days when you will dearly miss your mother. Just know, her friends feel your pain as she will surely be missed by many yet will forever have a place in our hearts and bring smiles to the faces of others as sweet memories of our days with her come to mind. While I will miss her sorely, I am thankful she no longer struggles to live, because what I know of Mary Haynes, living life was what she loved. Love and Prayers.
Jennie Whitted
We have lost one of Canton's Treasures. I loved Mrs. White.
Margaret A Allison
Granny White spent numerous hours when I was a teacher assistant for Wendy doing projects with the kids. No matter where I saw her she always talked. I know how much she was loved by you all and how much she will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.
Amanda Lanning
A person's family is a testimony to one's life. The children and grandchildren that I know of Mary's reflect what must have been a wonderful and love filled upbringing. Anytime Mary's name was ever brought up in conversation, smiles were sure to come shortly after and praises for her vibrant personality. When you think about some people and the impact that they have left on the world through there deeds and family legacy, it creates positive feelings. Mary was definitely one of those people. May peace be with you all in your time of loss.
Andy Conard
This obituary is a beautiful and loving tribute to a very special lady we have had the privilege to know. A Canton Treasure she truly was and her legacy will endure in so many hearts. Our prayers for peace and comfort.
Mike and Linda Hyde
Lynn and family, I remember most your mother's smile and go-getter attitude. I'm praying for all of you.
Donna Elders-Stout
Mother's are special - our family would like to say we're sorry for your loss.
Mark Trull
Lynn and family. So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Gail Paxton
Mary Haynes White was an extraordinary woman with a joy for life. I remember her helping my own mother at First Baptist with the kindergarten classes before they were in public schools. In my memory, she shall always remain a smiling, friendly lady whose willingness to help was evident. My deepest sympathies to Becky, Sandy, and Lynne, as well as her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was a blessing to have known her. Sharon
Sharon Byers Conner
Mary was a very special woman. I will never forget the time she devoted to us in The Rainbow Girls. Every time I look at my Rainbow Girls ring, I always think of her and her leadership. With deepest sympathy and condolences.
Deb Williams