Anna White, 96, of Versailles, widow of Donald White, passed to her heavenly home on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at The Willows in Lexington, surrounded by family.
Anna was for 52 years a pastor’s wife. She was a homemaker, missions leader, writer, speaker and Sunday school teacher of adult women for 75 years. She attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, and Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, and teacher of the loving, caring J.O.Y. class.
She served on the Executive Board of Kentucky Baptists in the past, where she was the first woman to serve on the Administrative Committee of that board. She served on the Executive Board of the Elkhorn Baptist Association for 30 years; and on the Board of Trustees for Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, Pineville, for 18 years, where she chaired the Academic Committee. Anna was active in Woman’s Missionary Union, serving several terms as Director of Elkhorn WMU and on the Kentucky State WMU Board. The Elkhorn Association named its missionary residence in her honor and a scholarship for worthy students in her name.
Born in Franklin County, to Thomas and Iva Tackett Rice, she is survived by two daughters and one son, Rebecca (Fred) White; Sharon White; and Donald (Cathy) White Jr., all of Lexington. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband of 70 years and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, William White; and sister and husband, Ruby and Charles Bryan who reared her; and her daughter, Ruth Ann (Ernie) Hall, Versailles.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends, whom were blessed to be remembered in her daily prayers. Family gatherings celebrating birthdays and holidays were legendary. She was an inspiration to many for her unwavering love for her family, her church and her faith.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Versailles Baptist Church, 125 E. Green St., Versailles. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Members of her Sunday school class, the J. O. Y. class, will serve as honorary pallbearers. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 25, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington, Ky.
Memorials may be made to Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union Heritage Fund, P.O. Box 436569, Louisville, Ky. 40253-6569.