Born 6-6-1917 -- Died 10-12-2004
Mary Maude Shaver (Mrs. John H.) White, 87, of Cherokee Village died Oct. 12, 2004, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., from complications of acute leukemia. The funeral was Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel at Highland with Bobby Garner and Johnny Carter officiating. Burial followed at Kensett Cemetery in Kensett, Ark., east of Searcy. Arrangements were by Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel.
Mrs. White is survived by her daughter, Jill Howard White Roberts and son-in-law Clifford W. Roberts Jr. of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; her three grandchildren -- Clifford W. Roberts III and his wife, Kerry, of Los Angeles, John Roberts and Caitlin Roberts, both of Corona Del Mar; and her sister, June Shaver Koorstad of Hardy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Edwin and Hassie Mildred Street Shaver; her brother, Bill Shaver; and her husband, U.S. Air Force Major John Howard White, who was killed in late 1945 just after World War II in a flying accident. Later he was inducted posthumously into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.
Born in Nelsonville in Sharp County June 6, 1917, she was a member of the Hardy Church of Christ for more than 70 years. She graduated from Hardy High School and Arkansas State College. Her vocations in life included teaching fifth grade students at Hardy and later English and journalism students at Highland High School. She also worked in real estate for Cooper Communities in Cherokee Village from its inception. She helped produce the first issues of the Cherokee Villager, predecessor of the Villager Journal, starting in 1955. She sincerely believed in the worth of every human being and attempted to serve each need in the community.
She was a member of the Timely Club of Hardy for more than 70 years. She had served as an officer or committee chairman at the local, state and national levels in General Federated Women's clubs and had been honored as Club-woman of the Year. Serving as a member of the Sharp County Library Board, she pursued her interests in reading with everyone.
Other recognitions included the E. Wilson Green Award for service to the people of the Spring River area, Woman of the Year in Business, Teacher of the Year and Realtor of the Year. She is known for her tireless humanitarian efforts throughout Arkansas and was an active member of the Democratic Party. She championed the causes of the American Heart Associa- tion-Sharp County Chapter, for which she was once able to obtain a grant of $20,000, and was recently honored at the Tri-County Spring Gala for her efforts and support.
Active pallbearers were Mike Robinson, Bruce Dietsche, Leonard Smith, Raymond Hicks, Eddie Wiles and Bobby Duncan.
Honorary pallbearers included members of the Timely Club of Hardy and Harold Hirsch, A.L. Hutson, Audrey Thompson, Harlan Davis, Billy Neal Orr, Jack Kimbrell, Ronnie Brogdon, Eben Daggett, Bill Russell, Bob Evins, Billy Joe French, David Cook, Gary Lawrence, Martin Carpenter, Kenneth King, Ron Rhodes, Jim Wells, Ellis Hill, Allen Brogdon, Corbit Lawrence, Bill Nix, Frank Arnold, Roger Stark and Remus Watts.
Memorial donations may be made to Hardy Church of Christ, P.O. Box 193, Hardy AR 72542.